Teaching Cyber Safety

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Teaching Cyber Safety

Discussion Question:October is Cyber Safety Awareness Month! To get your students involved in the issue, what would you want to teach them about cyber safety? What would your cyber policies for your classroom include? Provide an example of a cyber safety violation.

In a world where technology is used for nearly everything, even schoolwork, students must learn about the importance of safety on the internet as soon as possible. When students use the internet safely and with responsibility, they decrease the chance of falling victim to internet crime. The goal of this poster is to help teach children to understand internet safety and help them make smart and informed decisions.

Don't forget...Internet safety involves cell phones too, not just computers!

Technology and ResponsibilityTeaching children to use technology responsibly will keep them from browsing unsafe websites and using information from the web illegally. Students should learn that responsibilty involves deciding which websites are appropriate and to distinguish academic computer time from social computer time. Responsibility also involves students recognizing when others are using the computer for wrong-doing. When students obtain information from sources online, it is important to teach them to credit everything they use or else they could be breaking Copyright Law which protects people's original works from being stolen and credited as someone else's.

What Do Students Need to Know to Protect Themselves?The internet gives us the ability to explore all different things from all over the world, but with that luxury comes people who look to exploit innocent internet users. Teaching students to recognize these questionable sites is the best thing we can do to protect them in the future. From an early age, children should be taught not to share their personal information with anyone online such as their age or address. They should also keep their passwords private and only share them with their parents. As students get older and use the internet more socially. they should learn to NEVER meet anyone in person that they meet online. They should also learn more about viruses and spam to make informational decisions about what to click on when surfing the web.

Teaching Cyber Safety 101

References:1.https://www.staysafeonline.org/teach-online-safety/2. https://www.storypark.com/cybersafety3.https://www.digitalcompass.org/4. https://pixabay.com/en/wlan-signal-black-wireless-network-303722/

Cyber BullyingIt can be so easy for a student to say harmful things on the internet without realizing the repercussions. Students need to learn about how their actions online affect others and that they should never use the internet to hurt someone or spread lies.

Put Student's Cyber Safety Skills to the Test!Use the Common Sense Digital Compass™ interactive game for students to make choices for eight different characters that involve some type of cyber responsibility. These issues include internet safety, copyright, digital footprint, cyber bullying and more. To access the free game, click here.

Glog made by: Lianna Palladino

Source: www.stopthinkconnect.org

Never use public internet when you access anything that contains your personal information because it is not a secure network!

What is Cyber Safety?As defined on StoryPark.com: “Cyber safety is the safe and responsible use of information and communication technology. It is about keeping information safe and secure, but also about being responsible with that information, being respectful of other people online, and using good 'netiquette' (internet etiquette)”.

Have students use the “Stop. Think. Connect.” mindset before they do anything online to keep them from visiting dangerous websites and sharing their information.


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