I had students who had finished a writing assignment and I let them have free choice in the computer lab. They had to ask permission before going to a site. My difficulty is one of my 5th graders wanted to share her webpage she created at home. I previewed it but she had an area for chatting, and music that I did not know. How do teachers of older students handle this issue?
I also have students who want to go to Club Penguin. It is clearly age appropriate, but it is a group site where their use is open to the public. I am continuously monitoring over their shoulder, but it concerns me. These sites are great, but I am opening myself to risk. How have others decided to manage this kind of situation?