Tips & Tricks: Safeguarding Your Groups

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October 23rd, 2013

In celebration of Digital Citizenship Week, here are some best practices to ensure your Edmodo experience remains a safe and secure one:

Keep your classroom protected.

Edmodo is designed to give you complete control over groups and members. To make sure enrollment remains targeted:

  • Only distribute your Group Code within your classroom. Never post it publicly to ensure it remains secure. When invite information gets shared via school websites, blogs, social media, or any other public forum, it creates an opportunity for unauthorized users to join the group.

  • Lock your classroom once all members have joined. Simply click the “Lock” icon to the left of your Group Code. New members can still join, once you approve their Join Request.

  • Set expectations. Establish parameters about appropriate content and implement protocols for posting behavior and etiquette. Samples for guidelines and a code of conduct can be found on our Classroom Rollout Resources page.

Manage classroom content and participation.

Edmodo empowers you to monitor member activity to make sure contributions remain relevant by enabling you to:

  • Set up notifications. Get alerted when there’s new activity in your groups or among connections. To turn notifications on, visit the “Account Settings” page of your profile and click “Email & Text Updates” on the left sidebar.

  • Delete inappropriate posts. Want to remove a post from your communication stream? Click on the small blue arrow at the top right-hand corner of the post.

  • Moderate posts. Pre-approve all posts and replies. To activate, click the gear icon located at the top of the left sidebar on your group’s home page, select “Group Settings,” and check the box “Moderate all Posts and Replies.”

  • Give members “Read-Only” status. Want to let students view classroom messages, submit assignments, and communicate directly with you, but limit their ability to post or reply to the group? Click “Members” on the left sidebar of your group’s homepage and determine contribution access under “Member Options” at the top of the page, or via the “More” drop down menu located to the right of each individual member.

Want to feel even more secure? Encourage your school or district to establish an Edmodo Subdomain, which allows administrators to manage and support how the site is being used. It also fosters district-wide communication and collaboration by tying everyone to their school and district community.

For even more ways to keep your online classrooms safe, check out our recently updated Digital Citizenship Kit.

5 responses to “Tips & Tricks: Safeguarding Your Groups”

  1. Frank Farance says:

    My kids have asked for an app for their phones for this service. I can’t find out anything about the privacy aspects of this app?, The business model of the website/service is unclear. And the IT security model is unclear.

    Until, you can provide details, I will tell the school that they shouldn’t use this tool because its security/privacy/etc. models are unknown. Really, how do you expect to market something for kids to use without thinking about their (and our) safety.

  2. RoseAnn Hernandez says:

    It’s always a great idea to review Tips & Tricks to ensure online safety. Thank you!

    Digital Citizenship goes right along with Back to School important news to parents and students.

  3. Melinda Reed says:

    Edmodo is a tool that regards teacher/student security and privacy as of the utmost importance! I do not hesitant using this resource with my students. I love how the teacher has the ability to moderate posts.

    Try using Edmodo along with the Common Sense Media Kit to encourage safe internet practices with your students!

  4. Steven Koponen says:

    During the first week of school, the math department at our school walks all students in the building through the Digital Citizenship lesson (it is part of our PBIS). Additionally, we collect the join codes for everyone’s classes, and students join all of their classes at once. It helps us all students to join their classes so they are set to go!

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