Internet Safety Resource

Internet safety persists as a high priority for educators and parents.  Ensuring that our students understand the ethics and safety precautions of interacting online is the responsibility of both parents and educators.  I came across an excellent resource titled Net Cetera:  Chatting with Kids About Being Online published by On Guard Online, a website maintained by the FTC dedicated to providing practical tips for parents.  While designed specifically for parents, the resource is valuable for educators as well as it provides very clear guidance on how to talk to children about internet safety as well as offers information on the appropriate use of technology across all ages.  I particularly appreciate the clear definitions of things kids do with technology such as sexting or cyberbullying – makes it easy to be “in the know” and, therefore, more aware of behaviors and patterns.