Like I said in my very first blog, Dr. Suess allows for students to go many places in their imagination, and technology can also take the world in several places. Just like in Dr. Suess’s famous movie and book, the Grinch comes along just like the pitfalls of technology with inappropriate materials, threats to safety and privacy, viruses and hacking, copyright and plagiarism problems. As I work in the computer lab currently, I have implemented some things in order to prevent these pitfalls as well as possible. From the very beginning, we established some important rules. In order to prevent threats to safety and privacy as it relates to technology especially at a young age is to create a trusting relationship with your students. I want my students to know that is something comes up on their computer they do not have to be afraid to address me. I will not get mad at them, but I will simply address the problem. Students who feel unsafe will create more safety issues in the lab. I have not had many problems with viruses and hacking because the school as a whole deals with most of that, but I do not allow my students to just wonder aimlessly on the internet. In order to prevent hacking and/or viruses it is important for teachers to monitor what the students are getting on and off of. I use pretty strict lesson plans and my students know what site they are to be on at all times. This also helps in preventing students from viewing inappropriate material. I have a monitor on my computer that allows me to look at all the computers in order to see what the students are viewing and past sites that have been visited. I do not usually have problems. My children know that if they are on a inappropriate site I do not even say anything, but I will just pull the site up to project on the smartboard and they know that is more embarrassing than me getting on to them. They also can not embarrass themselves by plagiarizing work because of the strategies I have used to make it nearly impossible. To access sites they each have individual usernames and passwords. I also worked with my technology guide to put a control on the copy and paste tools. The students cannot use copy and paste unless I allow them to. We do not do too many projects, but they know their work has to be their own and if I find something suspicious I will scope it out. Overall, the pitfalls can be prevented best by establishing grounds with students in the classroom. If a teacher creates a safe and fun environment for the students, the students will want to eagerly learn.