ArticleOctober 1st, 2014
5 resources to give new life to your Internet safety lessonsUncategorized
This year, add some pizzazz to your Internet safety lessons with these free resources from NetSmartz® Workshop, a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®. NetSmartz provides age-appropriate materials for students in grades K-12 to help them recognize and respond to online risks like cyberbullying, online enticement, and privacy. Explore the resources below by getting a preview of what free resources NetSmartz has to offer.
1. Internet safety presentations | An introduction to the main issues
The middle and high school Internet safety presentations give students an overview of the issues they may face online. Bothpresentations use videos and stories of real-life events to help students understand online risks. They also give students tips to help them deal with risky situations they may encounter online like cyberbullying and online enticement. Each presentation is accompanied by a presenters’ guide with detailed notes, making them easy for anyone to deliver.
2. Video shorts | Lights, camera, Internet safety
NetSmartz offers two video series for middle and high school students. NSTeens introduces middle school students to a diverse cast of animated characters who help each other deal with online drama like gaming “griefers.” Real-Life Stories videos help older teens take a closer look at the choices their peers make online and the possible consequences. All videos are accompanied by a lesson plan to help students think critically about the videos’ issues and their own online actions.
3. Interactive comics | Students decide what happens next
These comics put middle school students in charge, giving them the chance to practice making smart online choices. They decide what characters will do at key points in the comics, from helping a cyber-bullied peer, to forwarding a mean message, to plagiarizing an online essay. After students play the comics, use the discussion guides to help them more closely examine the issues.
4. Educational games | Help students get their game on
NetSmartz educational games let middle and high school students practice their online safety skills while having fun. Many of the games prompt players to take steps which correspond to real-life Internet safety actions. The games can be used on their own or to supplement larger Internet safety lessons.
5. Educator Training | Giving you the best Internet safety tools
The Educator Online Training Program takes educators through a series of six training modules focused on digital literacy, online privacy, inappropriate content, cyberbullying, sexting and online enticement. Each module defines an issue, discusses its potential effects, and highlights ways NetSmartz resources can be used to enhance your Internet safety lessons. Educators who complete the program will receive a certificate they can use to apply for continuing education credits. Check NetSmartz.org for more information.
6. Bonus | Visit NetSmartz.org for more resources
These resources are just the beginning. NetSmartz also offers educational games, tip sheets, activity sheets and more to help students learn about Internet safety. NetSmartz’s website will show you how these resources can fit into your school year.
The internet is a very interesting place you can learn on it, you can get research for a project, and also you can connect with family and friends. But the internet can also be a very dangerous place because the websites on the internet can lead kids into inappropriate websites, lured into dangerous situations, and also posts online can have lasting effects.
Let’s start off with the inappropriate websites, well you never know what could be on that website. It could be inappropriate pictures, videos, ads and a lot more. Kids can be easily lured into that type of thing for example, if the child has a laptop in his or her room and has seen something on the television and searches for that subject and it ends up being a subject that was inappropriate and him or her ends up getting caught in the act and the parents miss understand what he or she was up to.
Now being lured into a dangerous situation that is also called “stranger danger” he or she has access to the internet and gives out personal information then predators hunt him or her down and him or her ends up being missing because of the information that was given on the accessible laptop or computer. Example, a website that I have heard about can end up getting you into this type of situation so you can never be too sure about those certain type of website.
Last but not least whatever you have posted online can have a lasting effects later in your life, example you could have a hard time trying to get a job because of what you have done. Also you could end up not being trusted in life just to do the little things that his or her parents once trusted him or her to do. Such as not being allowed to stay home alone, not being able to use the laptop or the computer for simple little things because his or her parents don’t trust him or her to go on the computer or laptop anymore.
I hope that you realize that the internet can be very helpful place but also a very dangerous place. Remember that if you ever end up getting into one of these things think of the effects that can happen which are inappropriate websites, dangerous situations, and also posts have lasting effects. Please keep the message internet safety in your mind when you’re on the computer or the laptop!
Posted March 28, 2014 by leahjv in category 2013-2014, Writing Workshop