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What are some good Internet safety resources to use with your students?

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Did you know Internet safety is celebrated on a special day each February--Welcome - Safer Internet Day?  Insafe organizes the event to "encourage users young and old to discover the digital world together...safely."  The site Safer Internet Day (SID) offers Resources and Lessons appropriate for young children and teens.  On the same page as the lesson plans, you will also find printable posters about acceptable use policies.  There are sets of posters for students ages six to eleven and for students ages eleven through sixteen.


Here are some additional websites for teaching students about Internet Safety:


  • Webonauts Internet Academy | PBS KIDS GO!  (ideal for elementary students to learn online safe behaviors by completing missions to graduate from the Webonauts Academy; site includes a special section for educators and parents)


  • A THIN LINE, MTV's sexting, cyberbullying, digital dating abuse campaign : www.athinline.org  (a digital safety education resource produced by MTV in collaboration with other media partners; offers fact sheets about topics like sexting, digital spying, and excessive text messaging and instant messaging; gives students advice on how to recognize those behaviors and how to protect their digital identity; includes a short quiz to practice identifying risky digital behaviors)


  • Through the Wild Web Woods  (a game offered by the Council of Europe designed for students ages seven through ten to learn how to spot danger on the Internet and what to do when they do spot danger on the Internet; the game is available in 24 languages)



  • AT&T Internet Safety Connections Game  (a game set in the city of "Safety Land" where young children navigate from building to building to respond to questions about Internet safety scenarios; students try to capture the cyber criminal and send him to the Safety Land jail)


  • "Own Your Space"  (a free, sixteen chapter ebook designed to educate tweens and teens about protecting themselves and their data online; whole book or individual chapters are available for download)


Please share your resources and experiences teaching students of all ages how to safely use the Internet.  If you are familiar with any of the sites I have mentioned in this post, I would like your comments to these websites.


Lynne Hoffman

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