Kids Online Presentation
At a recent COMPASS meeting, Erica Fox, a parent of two students at RMMS, shared a presentation of "Kids Online" which provided much
insight on the subject of Internet Safety in the home with valuable resources listed on the last page.
Included in her sharing is a Family Media Agreement for children in
Educate Parents About Social Networking and Community Common Sense Media video. Click here.
Internet Safety Unit
Portaportal has a specific category for Internet Safety at the K/1 Level. The site we use for our Internet Safety Unit for K/1s is called NetSmartzkids.org and lessons are taught by Clicky, the robot. Students go to NetSmartzKids to view videos with safety information and activities. They are specifically taught not to share any personal information online such as their name, address, phone number, school name, and family info and to be cautious when approached by strangers in public places. They are advised to tell a parent or trusted adult if they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation.
Grade 2/3 links are on Portaportal in the Internet Safety category sub category, 2/3 Level. The repeated message teaches students not to share any personal information with strangers. Grade 2/3 students access information from NetSmartzkids.org and BrainPop, Jr. (Internet Safety). New information on bullying, cyberbullying, and online safety has been added to the Internet Safety unit so students can identify particular behavior and seek help. If they are presented with a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable they are instructed to tell a parent or trusted adult.
Grade 4/5 links are on Portaportal in the Internet Safety sub category, 4/5 Level. The Internet Safety Unit provides information for students when using the Internet. BrainPop (Digital Etiquette, or Netiquette) provides videos and activity sheets to complete. Topics covered are bullying, cyberbullying, digital etiquette, online safety, and social networking. They are reminded not to provide any personal information to strangers online or share their passwords, use good manners when sending messages, post only pictures that they have permission to post, and be mindful of others feelings online and offline.