Creating a Safer Internet
Even though students may believe they are tech savvy and feel confident navigating the internet, they are not excluded from the dangers of learning and playing in a digital environment. This rings especially true since the internet is a digital community where students live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Safer Internet Day is the perfect occasion to start up the conversation of online safety with our students and explore ways we can help arm them for a safer online user experience. As educators, it’s our job to help prepare them with online safety skills that make sense for their age or grade band. While a discussion about online predators or cyberbullying may not always be comfortable, sharing information on how to stay safer in the classroom or at home will be much easier when you have resources and helpful tips at the ready.
What Can Be Done?
In school, students should be encouraged not to reveal passwords or share private information with friends as well as strangers. At home, parents or guardians should keep computers in highly visible areas for monitoring use and limits should be set for how much time is spent on devices.
What Are Others Doing?
Discover what other schools are doing to bring online safety instruction into the classroom. Danville Elementary School in Plaistow, New Hampshire hosted a school-wide Cybersafety Field Day. Creating a completely student-led field day allowed older students to showcase their online safety knowledge in a cardboard carnival focused on educating their younger classmates. It was both fun and educational for Danville students to examine cybersafety from a STEM approach. Learn more about Danville Elementary school and the great work they’re doing.
Be sure to recognize Safer Internet Day with your students. To help bridge the home-school gap and ensure they are safe online every day and everywhere, a complete Learning.com Safer Internet Day toolkit is available for download. You’ll find free resources, including lesson plans and a safety checklist.