Internet Safety Education in the Classroom

Throughout Polk County Schools students are being taught Internet Safety Curriculum in the classroom. For the 2011-2012 school year, all 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 9th Graders must be taught and the online assessment must be individually completed. Teachers are using 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.

Security Awareness

Security Awareness means that we understand that there is the possibility for someone to intentionally or accidentally steal, damage, or misuse information that is stored on our computer systems. Please consider the following in an attempt to stop that from happening.
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iKeepSafe.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.

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 and 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/
Create strong passwords, handle suspicious e-mail messages, download files more safely, and use anti-phishing technologies to keep yourself 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.

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

More Safe Online Websites - http://k-12.pisd.edu/techs/tips/safetips/safetips.pdf
The PDF contains several additional website links for parents and kids.

A PLATFORM for GOOD.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!

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