TEACHING INTERNET SAFETY IS THE LAW!
Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois General Assembly have mandated that all public schools set aside instructional time each year (Grades 3-12) to teach students how to use the Internet safely. The resources linked at the top of this page can be used by teachers to satisfy this state requirement. District #205 teachers are not limited to using only these resources; others may be substituted to fit your curriculum. The selection of content used is left to the classroom teacher(s).
For more information about this requirement, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education's Internet Safety Curriculum page.
Visit the Illinois Attorney General's Stop Cyberbullying Website.
Illinois Attorney General' s Internet Safety Quiz for Parents "How Aware RU?"
Illinois Attorney General's Online Safety Tips for Parents
Illinois Attorney General's Online Safety Tips for Students
Google and iKeepSafe have partnered to develop Be Internet Awesome, which has earned the Seal of Alignment, by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE USE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING, WEBSITES, CHAT ROOMS, ELECTRONIC MAIL, BULLETIN BOARDS, INSTANT MESSAGING, ETC.
Read through Google's Be Internet Awesome tools. (works best on Chromebooks or in the Chrome browser) Download Google's Be Internet Awesome Curriculum (PDF)
Watch the NetSafe Episode 1: "What is the Internet?" video
Watch the NetSafe Episode 4: "Be Kind Online" video
Remind students that they should always be with a parent or trusted adult when using the Internet.
Introduce students to the NetSmartz characters by watching (computer lab or SMART Board) the NetSmartz Kids biographies
Watch or play "Router's Birthday Surprise"
Download and teach the "Going Places Safely" lesson plan
RECOGNIZING, AVOIDING, AND REPORTING ONLINE SOLICITATIONS BY SEXUAL PREDATORS.
RISKS OF TRANSMITTING PERSONAL INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET
Discuss what "personal information" is with children (name, age, address, etc.) and why it is important NOT to give personal information out to strangers.
Watch the video Faux Paw the Techno-Cat: Adventures in the Internet, then discuss the ideas in the video with the Discussion Guide.
RECOGNIZING AND AVOIDING UNSOLICITED OR DECEPTIVE ONLINE COMMUNICATION
Watch and discuss the "Faux Paw Goes To the Games" video, or read the larger "book" version (requires Flash) with the students, which allows you to advance the story at your own pace. Use their Level 1 Curriculum Materials and follow the Guided Discussion (opens a Word document) as appropriate.