The Alvord Independent School District vision is to use technology throughout the educational system to increase the academic achievement of all students. The goal is for teachers to use technology in aiding in the development and management of their instruction, for administrators and support staff to use technology in achieving their mission to support instruction, and for all students and parents to use technology as a natural component of the learning process. We envision that technology will be used to foster lifelong learning, facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, and develop the skills needed to be competitive in the twenty-first century.

"While the Internet can be a unique educational and recreational resource for children, it is important that they are educated about how to safely and responsibly use this powerful tool. Several issues have received particular attention with respect to protecting children online. Parents and teachers should be aware of cyberstalking and the threats that online predators pose to children's physical safety; harmful or inappropriate content (most often characterized as pornographic, excessively violent or simply 'adult'); privacy invasions that result from the collection of personally identifiable information about individual children; and commercialism and aggressive marketing targeted directly at children.

Another issue related to the presence of children on the Internet is the potential misuse of this tool. Whether the consequences are intentional or unintentional, the Internet can open a dangerous window of accessibility for children who are unaware of the consequences of irresponsible use. For this reason, it is essential that teachers and parents consider how to educate children about the consequences associated with misusing the Internet."*

Alvord Technology is CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) and NCLB (No Child Left Behind) compliance.

*Business Software Alliance

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