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:
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.
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In previous discussions related to Internet safety, some Community members provided their suggestions regarding the importance of educating students about safe online behavior. Their resources are mentioned in this post.
Karen Horn commented: "The Verizon Foundation has dedicated itself to expanding the safety of students and teachers in the public good. Internet Safety is a federal mandate, and the Foundation has posted the following document, The specified item was not found. on the importance of teaching about Internet Safety to students of all ages. I have added a great website found with the Thinkfinity Search Engine that has videos to re-enforce the importance of Internet Safety."
Jean Weller wrote--
Check out Virginia's Internet safety page:
See especially the Garfield lessons, the Ideas for Integrating Internet Safety into the Classroom, and the Related Resources for Internet Safety in Schools (which leads you to our Delicious bookmark site: http://delicious.com/vdoeinternetsafety where you can search by various tags if you have a specific topic in mind).
When you go to the Delicious bookmark site, click on the Tag "teens" (or type it in) and you'll get stuff that was created for teens. Some of the stuff from the UK, Canada and Australia is outstanding! They know how to reach kids!
Some of my favs:
Traci Gardner, a ReadWriteThink author, added this response: "ReadWriteThink has a strategy guide on Online Safety that includes links to some related resources and lesson plans. NetSmartz (one of the sites on Jean's list) is one that we found useful."
Leslie Cash stated that she and several colleagues were "initiating a program where we utilize our Broadcasting/Newspaper classes to teach about Internet Safety to their peers." She included a link to a list of sites that they had compiled http://www.shelbyed.k12.al.us/tech/netsafety/links.htm.
Sharon Cohen added that "we are looking at i-Safe for our school. In Pennsylvania the Intermediate Units (the link between the PA Dept of Education and school districts/independent schools) have recommended this site. It is available by subscription and provides documentation for E-Rate."
The website for i-Safe is: http://www.i-safe.org/
To see the subscription rates go to: https://auth.isafe.org/store/subscription.php
Common Sense Media just released some good lessons and posters to use in teaching students how to be great digital citizens. Their resources go way beyond Internet safety.
The following posters are available in PDF format for download.
Middle and High School Classrooms--
Their curriculum lessons are available by grade levels as follows--
What do you think of using these materials to educate your students how to be good digital citizens? Have you found other ways to promote responsible digital citizenship?
I recommend that teachers and parents check out the Common Sense Media article: 10 Simple Steps to Internet Safety.
Caroline Knorr, the author, suggests ways to keep the Internet safe and fun. She covers topics such as the following:
She also gives a link to Kid-Safe Browsers and Search Sites. The comprehensive list covers appropriate sites for preschoolers through kids age 8.
Do you have any suggestions to add to her list of Internet do's and don'ts?
Common Sense Media has a Digital Passport™ site that provides a road map to help students grades 3-5 navigate today's media and technology landscape safely and responsibly.
"Through engaging, self-paced, interactive modules, students will learn about
It's free to your school, it's online, and it's available now!"
Check out Digital Passport™ and let your students explore free web-based games and videos that give them valuable information about Internet safety and an opportunity for independent learning.
You also can read a blog post titled, "New This Fall! Digital Passport™ Offers You a New Way to Teach Digital Literacy and Citizenship," that gives helpful information on ways to use this new tool in developing your classroom curriculum.
Have you seen the animated, cartoon videos produced by Planet Nutshell that teach children about Internet Safety? The videos are labeled for age appropriateness--(K-3, 4-6, 7-12). Netsafe Episode 15 is about Tips and Tools for Parents (all ages). The Netsafe series has 17 episodes that were produced for the Utah Education Network.
Check out Richard Byrne's suggestions for using these videos found in his blog "17 Cartoon Videos Explaining the Internet and Internet Safety to Kids" (Free Technology for Teachers January 2, 2013).
Do you see any videos in the series that you would definitely use with your students?
What do you think of this series and its appeal to children?
I recommend checking out Scenario Learning's Free Bullying Prevention Resources.
Scenario Learning, developer of safety and compliance solutions for schools and workplaces, has a number of its bullying prevention resources available at no charge for every school during October and November, in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month. The resources include a cyberbullying course for educators and an informational public service announcement (PSA) video for students.
According to Tech & Learning, "The free cyberbullying course exposes the many ways in which students exploit technology in order to harm others, the three criteria that constitute bullying, Acceptable Use Policies and cyberbullying, and legal limitations faced by schools in disciplining cyberbullies."
"In addition to the cyberbullying course, Scenario Learning’s short, informational PSA 'What is Bullying?' can be used with students to explain what represents bullying and what students should do if they are being bullied."
How can you use these resources to educate students on this important topic?