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How-To Guide

Answers to Tough Questions

Whether you're pitching a NetDay event to parents, educators, businesses, or the media, you're likely to hear certain questions. Here are our answers to the toughest ones.
  Why should schools have access to the Internet?
  Networking computers in schools and classrooms means that students and teachers have access to vast resources and exciting opportunities for communicating and working together. Teachers around the world can share curricula on the Internet, and students from New Orleans to New Delhi can use it to see and understand people and things they never knew existed. In the 21st Century, more than 60% of all jobs will require employees to be computer literate, therefore it is essential all students are equipped with the technical skills necessary to succeed in the job market.
  Why should we install cable when we don't have computers, software, or funds to buy either?
  NetDay works on the principle of taking one step at a time. By setting achievable goals, it promotes success and encourages communities to discover that technology is within their reach. NetDay helps communities establish a base of volunteers and partners that can help schools take the next steps sooner. NetDay even gets businesses competing to help schools! By focusing attention on the lack of funds for education in general, and technology in schools specifically, NetDay attracts school support.
  Why should we spend any money on cable or computers when we can't even afford pencils?.
 

With people volunteering time and companies buying kits, a NetDay event doesn't have to cost schools anything. NetDay doesn't divert money from other school needs - on the contrary, it creates value, at no cost to schools. In fact, a NetDay event gives schools a new community of willing volunteers who can take care of any needs - from buying pencils to painting classrooms.

 

Doesn't all this focus on technology divide communities?

 

NetDay is working to eliminate any technical divide between communities. Since the first event in March 1996, NetDay has been working to help schools collaborate with businesses and communities so that they can gain access to modern technology. Our experience is that technology doesn't divide communities, it unites them.

 

How can we keep our kids safe when they are using the Internet?

 

Parents and teachers should supervise young children's time on the Internet just as they supervise their children's television viewing or reading. It's in the classroom that properly trained teachers can teach children to be critical thinkers and users of the Internet. Parents may also want to consider establishing "online guidelines" for their families to help protect kids from inappropriate materials. Additionally, filtering software is available to help keep your kids from harm when you are not there.

 

What about liability issues? What if a volunteer gets injured?

 

In some states, schools have liability insurance that covers volunteers working on school grounds. However, every school needs to look into the particulars of its insurance coverage.

See Risk Management, Insurance, and Safety.

For answers to more questions, see the NetDay FAQs.