At school, students learned what to do when they come across something inappropriate while doing research online. It will happen and kids need to know how to handle it. Some tips:
After getting a list of search hits, or results, read the black text first before clicking on a blue link.
If you see something inappropriate, get a grownup to assist.
Exit the web browser window.
Click the back button on the web browser.
Tips for Parents (and Students)
Always use NC WiseOwl and Desitny’s WebPath Express before using any other sites.
Remember to show and explain to the students how to use each site. Some may be difficult to navigate. Each site is a little different and can also contain links from sponsors and advertisers that are inappropriate for students.
Teach students to read the web address and the description below each web address. It often gives students a clue as to whether or not the link will send them to information they might need.
Students should be constantly monitored when using search engines other than NCWiseOwl and WebPath Express. Teachers should circulate around students and assist in research.
Familiarize yourself with the NETS way of searching. This link gives some tips to help you search more easily. You can share these tips with your students.
Other search tips include:
Put Quotes around phrases to find all words
Use the – symbol to remove words from your search
When you aren’t sure which word to search, you can use a tilde symbol (~) in front of a word. This will tell the search engine to look for synonyms of the word you enter.
Put the word OR in all caps between words when you would like it to look for either term.
If you want to search a particular website, like cnn.com you would enter the word site followed by a colon and a space. i.e. site: www.cnn.com Haiti orphanages
Using Google Search Engine the Right Way
When using Google search engine, students should focus on changing the filters for the search.
Students can use "define:" followed by a vocabulary word to find a definition.
When searching with the Images feature, students should change the filter by clicking "Search Tools" and changing the "Usage Rights" to images that are "Labeled for Reuse".