Digital distractions: Students may find it tempting to engage in nonacademic activities during school learning hours, such as playing games or browsing social media. This can negatively impact their academic performance.
Inappropriate content: Internet access may expose students to inappropriate or explicit content. Exposure to such material may not only harm a child’s psyche but also raise compliance issues for the student’s school.
Cyberbullying: Students may be subjected to cyberbullying through social media, messaging apps, shared documents, online games and forums. Online harassment can have severe emotional and psychological effects on a targeted student. According to recent studies from the National Bullying Prevention Center, approximately 1 in 5 teens have been involved in cyberbullying, either as a victim, a perpetrator or a witness to such behavior.
Online predators: Students can also be targeted by online predators who may attempt to establish inappropriate or harmful relationships with them.
Phishing and scams: Students might fall victim to phishing emails or fraudulent websites, which could lead to compromised personal information, identity theft or threats to the school’s network.
Unauthorized access: If students don't properly secure their devices or accounts, unauthorized individuals might gain access to their personal information and school-related data.