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.