Cyber schools are online schools where children interact with teachers and classmates with a Web cam, complete schoolwork at remote locations, and submit assignments by emailing scanned copies of assignments to the teacher, completing assignments online or uploading them. Parents must be more involved in the children's education, particularly when they are younger, to ensure that children complete assignments. The schools allow for more individually tailored education and require students to be more self-motivated.
Cyber schools are popular with parents concerned about bullying in public schools and who wish to have more control over their children's education. Child athletes and entertainers, children from religious families and children who move frequently often attend cyber schools. Conflicting evidence exists regarding the effectiveness of cyber school education.
Critics of cyber schools question whether the schools are appropriate for younger children because they do not provide the same opportunities to develop social or teamwork skills, do not allow teachers to quickly determine whether students understand the material and provide few means to enforce children's attendance. Others note that since cyber schools are usually run by for-profit entities that receive public money, the administrators may have an incentive to provide students with a subpar education to increase profit. Similarly, public school systems that are struggling financially may view cyber schools as a way to save money on the cost of building and maintaining physical school buildings and employing teachers.