Thursday, December 10, 2009

Internet Safety Resources and Ideas

• Basics
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• Think of all the ways for accessing
• We teach kids to look both ways before crossing the street, to ask permission before going somewhere, and not to talk to strangers. Before kids are allowed online, it is important to instill some safety rules and guidelines to keep them safe. Like teaching a child to wear a helmet, or avoid strangers, a few Internet guidelines will go a long way toward protecting your kids.
• Internet filters are an important line of defense in keeping kids safe. They should not be the ONLY line of defense. Filters can offer a false sense of security. The first line of defense should be educating kids on proper use of the Internet and then monitoring that use.
• Third through fifth graders have to pass and Internet safety quiz in order to receive their Internet drivers license. Before the safety quiz, students learn Internet safety through interactive games, videos and discussion. I use Faux Paw the Techno Cat from,, The Three Little Cyber Pigs, Safety Land, Diggo, and the Cyber Smart curriculum to teach Internet safety. We cover personal information, email attachments and viruses, filling out online forms, advertisements, creating strong passwords, cyber bullying, chatting, netiquette, blogging, and using search engines.
• Teachers need to be good models and talk through the thinking process as you evaluate where to go for information
• "The technology that has so dramatically changed the world outside our schools is now changing the learning and teaching environment within them." - National Education Technology Plan for the U.S. Department of Education
• TIPS FOR KIDS: Smart Social Networking
Developed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Online Gaming Parent Tip Sheet gives you quick and simple tips for guiding your child as they explore the world of online gaming. This handy tip sheet can be downloaded and posted next to the computer to remind both you and your child how to make their online gaming experience fun and safer. Click on the link to go to the Tip Sheet.

  • Citizenship. Safety. Responsibility. These are the healthy habits that parents and teachers include in everyday lessons, whether they are encouraging a child to share a toy, teaching them to ride their bike or holding them accountable for homework and chores. Sometimes subtle, other times a major point of the conversation, we all understand that these are the foundatiosn on which we build our relationships, our families and our communities online and offline


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