More than ever before, a high-quality education offers Americans the best path to a rewarding career and a fulfilling quality of life. As citizens of the Information Age, we must include access to technology among the elements of an education that is based on high standards of achievement and discipline. But incorporating technology into the Nation's schools is too big a job for the schools to tackle on their own. Teachers need support and involvement from parents, grandparents, business, cultural institutions and others in order to make effective in-class use of the wonders of technology.
This Parents Guide to the Internet is intended to help parents--regardless of their level of technological know-how--make use of the on-line world as an important educational tool. The guide cuts through the overwhelming amount of consumer information to give parents an introduction to the Internet and how to navigate it. I am especially pleased that the guide suggests how parents can allow their children to tap into the wonders of the Internet while safeguarding them from its potential hazards.
This guide was produced with the sort of collaborative effort that our schools need in order to succeed. U.S. Department of Education staff worked with leaders from parent and education organizations, the private sector, nonprofit groups and others in order to give you a clear and comprehensive overview of the Internet and its vast educational potential. In the same way, schools need support from every corner of the community in order to provide our students with a high-quality education. I encourage you to find ways for families, employers and civic organizations to pitch in and improve your local schools.