The internet can be an incredible place to connect with others who have similar interests and to share ideas. With the creation of our Class Sharing page, I thought it is important to post some information on internet safety and some guidelines.
99% of our members are wonderful, safe, dedicated people and teachers. However, that does not mean that we shouldn't be cautious when connecting with another teacher or anyone online. So what should you do to keep SAFE when Class Sharing? Here are a few suggestions that should assure you of a wonderful, inspiring Classroom Sharing experience.
1. Contact the member and form a relationship here on EFL Classroom 2.0. Start with a message on their Personal Page and also request to add them as a friend. Once the accept your friend invite, you can personal message with them here on EFL Classroom 2.0. This will allow you to find out about them and their real life. Ask a lot of questions!
2. Don't give out your personal information like phone number or personal address unless absolutely, 100% sure. This keeps everything much safer.
3.Make a skype call between teachers and staff first. Don't jump right in sharing classes right away. First try it between teachers and at the same time test out skype in your classroom setting.
4. Get some references. You don't need to be so formal but ask questions and find out who their friends are etc....
Unlike other open communities, EFL Classroom 2.0 should be much safer. We won't be a target of the few who might be looking to take advantage of others. So please - go ahead, click YES on your profile and you'll make some great teacher friends. Your students will love sharing themselves and learning about others around the world
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