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Internet Safety Education in the classroom

Throughout Polk County Schools students are being taught Internet Safety Curriculum in the classroom. Every student in every grade level must be taught, and all 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 9th graders must complete the online assessment. Teachers are using a district developed curriculum that contains a variety of resources to accomplish this. Some of those resources include videos, handouts, online games, and other materials. Brochures are also being sent home and some schools are holding parent's night to present this information.

There are seven main objectives that this curriculum covers:

  • Students will demonstrate safe and responsible use of social networking, web sites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and texting on cell phones.
  • Students will recognize, avoid, and report online solicitations by sexual predators.
  • Students will recognize and avoid the risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet.
  • Students will recognize and avoid unsolicited or deceptive online communication.
  • Students will recognize and report online harassment and cyber bullying.
  • Students will understand the procedures for reporting illegal online activities and communications.
  • Students will understand copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music and video.

Below is a selection of some of the resources teachers are using.

More Resources


iKeepSafe.orgiKeepSafe.org - http://www.ikeepsafe.org/

iKeepSafe educational resources teach children of all ages in a fun, age-appropriate way, the basic rules of Internet safety, ethics, and the healthy use of connected technologies.


Family Online Safety GuideNorton Family Online Safety Guide

The Norton FamilyOnline Safety Guide was awarded the iParenting Media Award in the Best Book category. Written byInternet Safety Advocate Marian Merritt, the free educational guide provides practical tips for parents and educators on how to keep children safe on the Internet. Due to the guide’s overwhelming popularity, the guide has now been translated for Spanish-speaking families and educators. You can download the 30-page guides in PDF format by clicking the links below:


A PLATFORM for GOOD.ORG
http://www.aplatformforgood.org
A Platform for Good (PFG) is a project of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) designed to help parents, teachers and teens to connect, share, and do good online!
Cyber Safety
http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/cyber-safety/
Provides an interactive guide to staying safe on the internet.
Cyberbullying
http://stopbullying.gov/parents/index.html
What Adults Can Do
The Modern Parent's Guide to Kids and Video Games
Like upcoming manuscripts – also features exclusive commentary and insight from leading industry experts and educators. Free to download from www.ParentsGuideBooks.com, all books provide hints, tips, how-to articles and guides designed to make the digital world a safe, fun and healthy part of household life.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Homepage
http://www.fbi.gov/
Here you'll find lots of information about crime and crime prevention including Internet Safety for Kids.
Federal Trade Commission: Parent and Teacher Resources
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/youarehere/pages/parents_and_teachers.html
Microsoft Online Safety
http://www.microsoft.com/protect/
Minimize the risk of cyberbullying, help kids use social networking sites more safely, and use parental controls in Microsoft products to help keep your family safer online.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
http://www.missingkids.com
Resources for parents & guardians, law enforcement, attorneys, and the media.
Net Nanny
http://www.netnanny.com
This software allows parents to control certain aspects of internet use for their children.
Net Smartz Workshop
http://www.netsmartz.org
Internet Safety for Parents, Educators, Law Enforcement, Kids, and Teens.
OnGuard Online
http://www.OnGuardOnline.gov
Provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
http://www.onguardonline.gov/topics/net-cetera.aspx
Safe Surf
www.safeflorida.net/safesurf
Keeping Florida safe from shore to digital shore. This website was developed to help educate students about the safe uses of the internet and to emphasize the need for cyber safety.
Stay Safe Online
http://www.staysafeonline.org/
Provides free and non-technical cyber security and safety resources to the public, so consumers, small businesses and educators have the know how to avoid cyber crime.
Wired Safety
http://www.wiredsafety.org/
Internet Safety for Parents, Educators, Law Enforcement, Kids, and Teens
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