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Learning.com Celebrates Safer Internet Day

by | Feb 7, 2017 | News

Today is Safer Internet Day! This global event highlights efforts of organizations around the world who are joining together to make the internet a safer and better place for all—especially children and young people. Here in the U.S., organizations supporting Safer Internet Day include the National PTA, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and many others.

We at Learning.com are proud to join in supporting this important movement. The significance of online safety continues to gain awareness across the nation. In 2016, the Center for Cyber Safety and Education published a study of online communications behaviors of 4th to 8th grade students.

Among other key findings, the study found that:

  • 40% of these students had connected or chatted online with a stranger, and of those
  • 53% revealed their phone number to a stranger
  • 15% tried to meet a stranger

Shockingly, 1 in 10 of these students DID in fact meet a stranger in their home, the stranger’s home, a park, mall or restaurant

In addition to the “Stranger Danger” that can be associated with unsafe use of the internet, cyberbullying is an increasing challenge across the nation. Just a few days ago, the New York City School District reported a 19% increase in cyberbullying in the 2015-16 school year, compared to the prior year.

Learning.com is among the nation’s leaders in providing online safety education—our programs are in use in approximately 1 in 6 of the nation’s districts and around 15,000 schools. In support of Safer Internet Day, we are providing a series of free, grade-appropriate activities for students in grades K-8 that teachers can use in their classrooms to address this topic. To download the lesson plans for these free activities, please click here.

As children gain online access at younger and younger ages—through cellphones, tablets, video game devices, etc.—it’s more important than ever to ensure they are equipped to communicate online safely, starting as early as Kindergarten.

Please join Learning.com and so many others in supporting this important initiative by providing your students with appropriate guidance on how to become good digital citizens and to stay safe online.

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