Let's Become Better Digital Citizens Through Internet Safety
We must keep our students safe online in an ever-changing digital world!
As educators, we must do all we can to protect our students when they are online in our classrooms, but we also need to prepare them for those times when they are not with us. The resources on this page and its links are verified and provide a wealth of materials and knowledge that can prepare our students to be productive, functional, and smart digital citizens!
What digital skills should my student/child be able to perform at any grade level?
The Louisiana Department of Education has prepared a Digital Literacy Guidelines document which tells educators and parents to what students should be introduced, to use for reinforcement, and mastering per grade level.
Common Sense Media
Being a good digital citizen is more than knowing about computers. It's about teaching our students how to connect and be a part of a team in exciting new ways.
Digital citizenship must be taught to your students, and it can be used to create a school culture that supports safe and responsible technology use. Common Sense’s K–12 digital citizenship program includes comprehensive learning resources for students, teachers, and family members. The program addresses real challenges for teachers and students to help schools navigate cyberbullying, internet safety, and other digital dilemmas.
Common Sense Resources
- Digital Citizenship Curriculum - Grades K-12 (website)
- Digital Citizenship Curriculum - PDF Document
- How much Tech is too much? - Parent Opinions and Concerns
- Activity Sheets
- Teens and Tech
Surfnetkids: Surfing the net with kids
Safety for kids on the Net is front-page news now that the Supreme Court has struck down the Computer Decency Act, returning sole responsibility for kids’ online activities to parents. Whether or not you opt to use parental-control software, children need to be taught a set of online safety rules. A lot has been written for parents on this subject, but here are some resources written specially for kids. Review them with your kids, and use them as a starting point to create your own set of online rules.
Visit the SurfnetKids site today!
Stopbullying.gov - Kids
Bullying is a problem at schools and in the community across our nation. In fact more than one out of every five students report being bullied. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. In today’s society, it is easy for someone to hide behind a computer screen and bully another person. This site talks about what bullying is, what cyber-bullying is, and steps to avoid it, and what to do in case you are bullied.
Another reference for cyber-bullying is the website Prevent Cyberbullying 411.
Parents and Teachers!!! Here are some Online Activities for Internet Safety!
No one can watch a child 24/7; however, we need to do everything we can to make sure kids are safe when exploring the powerful tools found on the web. It might be a filter, parental locks, etc., but below are some great sites for keeping your children safe. Nothing is 100% foolproof, but these are a tremendous help.
- Become Cyber Smart
- Webonauts - PBS Kids
- Kids.gov Online Safety
- Safety Land - A. T. & T.
- Professor Garfield - Infinite Learning Lab
- Gamequarium - Internet Safety
- Education Games
As parents, you have a responsibility to guide your children in becoming good digital citizens. There are tools that can help you do just that. Internet Safety 101 is a website that lists tools and rules for keeping children safe while living in a digital world. Click the image below to see the tools available for you!
Please come back and view this site often. As we find more sources to keep children safe, they will be posted for your convenience and safety!