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Promoting Online Safety: The Home-School Partnership


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Judge Orders School Officials to Share Logs with Parent

In November, a Rockingham County, NH, Superior Court judge ruled that school officials had to make available to a parent Internet logs detailing the Web sites visited by students, faculty and staff in the Exeter Region Cooperative School District and the Exeter School District. The suit was brought by a parent who was upset because the districts were not using filtering technology. The court determined that the logs amounted to public records to which parents could have access under the state's Right-to-Know laws. Since the initial ruling was made, school officials have acknowledged that they no longer have all the logs that were sought, and may be sanctioned by the court as a result. The New York Times' coverage of the case is available at http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/10/technology/10CYBERLAW.html. Ongoing local newspaper coverage of the case is available at http://www.seacoastonline.com.

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