February 23, 2010
Yesterday at the conference I attended, I had the opportunity to hear Steve Sucsy, Assistant United States Attorney, speak on Cybersafety. While most of his information was valid and something I am aware of, I realized that I need to ensure my kids are aware of the implications of doing something online that is illegal. While my kids know not to take candy from strangers, do they know not to talk to strangers online? Do they know it is not okay to give out our email address or home address online? While in the classroom, I taught this to my students but realize now I also need to teach it to my own children!
With websites such as http://robmenow.com/ popping up. It is becoming more apparent that we must teach kids what they can and can’t post online and how to protect their social networks. Kids also need to read and become aware of privacy settings on popular sites, such as Facebook. A good post I read earlier today on the new Facebook privacy settings can be found here.
There are a variety of sites that can help educators, parents, and students become smarter online citizens. Below is a list of a few that I have found and like:
- http://www.infinitelearninglab.org/ - Professor Garfield teaches kids Internet Safety. I can’t wait to show this one to my kids because they love the lasagna-eating, fuzzy cat!
- http://www.netsmartz.org/education/ - This site was recommended by Sucsy and has a variety of activities, downloads, and more. All downloads also come in Spanish.
- http://kids.getnetwise.org/safetyguide/ - Online safety guide and safety tips by age level. It has safety tips starting as young as age 2!
- http://www.wiredsafety.org/ - Internet safety website with tools for a variety of topics and a great list of Frequently Asked Questions. Are advertising a free cyberbullying toolkit to be released before next school year.
- http://www.isafe.org/ – Great internet safety curriculum and more!
I hope that you can find something here to share with your kids and/or students. If you know of additional resources, please share!