Internet Safety in Southern OntarioSchools: A Survey of the Perceptionsof Preservice Teachers

John Barnett


This article reports on a survey conducted with preservice teachers about their perceptions of Internet safety in schools in southern Ontario. Specifically, did the student teachers believe their students were engaging in risky behavior, and what steps were schools taking to keep them safe? The survey found results consistent with other reports. It also found that these teachers perceived that students spent a substantial amount of time using the Internet, that use was related to age, and that students may not have been supervised adequately. In addition, individual teachers rather than administrators were perceived to be primarily responsible for students’ online access and safety. These findings suggest that schools could take further steps to protect their students better.

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