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HISD Launches Cyber Safety Website

HISD launched a new website to promote cyber safety for students.

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HISD teachers receive training on using technology effectively in the classroom.

With the new school year starting in a couple weeks, the Houston Independent School District has launched a new website to promote cyber safety for students.

The site covers everything from cyberbullying prevention to safe online gaming. It’s part of PowerUp, the district’s program to teach students to be responsible online citizens.

Lenny Schad is HISD’s Chief Technology Officer. He says the site will help parents and educators understand children’s online lives.

“Technology is not just a toy for them, it’s a tool,” Schad says. “It’s something that’s critical to the way that they operate and live.”

Last year, HISD provided laptops to 11 schools through Power Up.

As phase 2 of the program begins this year, 21 more schools will give laptops to every student and teacher. By 2016, all 65,000 high school students in HISD will receive a laptop.

Schad says students must realize that their digital footprints are permanent. That means posting responsibly as a teenager to avoid problems down the road, like college admissions.

HISD Board President Juliet Stipeche says the laptops are also valuable learning tools.

“Now we know that a laptop is just a device, and what’s important is being able to have access to resources that are going to be able to help our students succeed,” Stipeche said. “I can’t wait to look at the end result of the investment that we’ve made into this program.”

HISD’s cybersafety site is available in both English and Spanish