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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.
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
3rd Grade - 5th Grade
6th Grade - 8th Grade
9th Grade - 12th Grade
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.
Norton 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:
Provides an interactive guide to staying safe on the internet.
What Adults Can Do
- 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!
- 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
- Here you'll find lots of information about crime and crime prevention including Internet Safety for Kids.
- Federal Trade Commission: Parent and Teacher Resources
- Microsoft Online Safety
- 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
- Resources for parents & guardians, law enforcement, attorneys, and the media.
- Net Nanny
- This software allows parents to control certain aspects of internet use for their children.
- Net Smartz Workshop
- Internet Safety for Parents, Educators, Law Enforcement, Kids, and Teens.
- OnGuard Online
- 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.
- Safe Surf
- 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
- 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
- Internet Safety for Parents, Educators, Law Enforcement, Kids, and Teens
- Additional Parent Resources: