Giles County Schools
Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying Resources
As required by the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, FCC Order 11-125 (part of CIPA—the Children’s Internet Protection Act), schools must provide internet safety education to students regarding appropriate online behavior, and this education must include at least the following: general internet safety, interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyber bullying awareness and response.
For a digital copy of the Children’s Internet Protection Act, click the CIPA link in the navigation bar on the left.
Below is a list of websites and resources for educators and parents to assist in educating students on these topics.
Resources for Educators
OnGuard Online - free internet safety tools, site sponsored by the federal government, includes Net Cetera and Living Life Online, as well as other tools for teaching internet safety. Also has a links for parents and for kids. (Teachers: click on “Educators” link for downloadable tools by elementary/middle and high school levels.)
NetSmartz - free/downloadable videos, presentations, activity cards, and tip sheets for grades K-12 (teachers will need to register to download materials). Also has free kits for teaching internet safety, for grades K-8
Own Your Space - free, sixteen-chapter ebook created by Microsoft, containing detailed information about all aspects of internet safety, for tweens and teens
Common Sense Media - curriculum searchable by topic and by grade strand, K-12, cyber bullying, internet safety, etc.: videos and downloadable lessons
Connect Safely - comprehensive directory of online safety resources
Simple K12 - extensive list of free internet safety resources (including links to resources on cyber bullying, identity theft, social networking, online predators, etc.)
USA-SOS - Safe Online Surfing internet challenge, free resources for grades 3-8
Cyberbullying.org - list of online resources about cyber bullying (click “Related Resources”)
iSafe - comprehensive e-safety education for schools (fee-based subscription: $250 per year for individual schools for E-Rate basic program)
A Thin Line - digital safety education resource sponsored by MTV, offers a series of fact sheets about topics like sexting, digital spying, and excessive text messaging and instant messaging , designed to educate teenagers and young adults about the possible repercussions of their digital activities, for grades 9-12 (note: does not meet all CIPA requirements for internet safety education but is a valuable resource for teaching appropriate digital behavior to high school students)
TeachersFirst - directory of internet safety resources, searchable by grade level and keyword (ex: search for “cyber bullying” by grades 6-8), for grades K-12
iKeepSafe - programs and resources for educators designed to help teach students to safely and ethically use their digital devices in the classroom and in their communities
Media Smarts - Canadian site that has very good universal lessons on multiple internet safety topics, searchable by grade level, subject area, topic, type of resource, etc. Click on “Find Lessons and Resources” under Teacher Resources
Arthur’s Computer Disaster - video for grades K-2, read by Clay Aiken
Cyber bullying Resources - multitude of resources, lesson plans, etc. for 5th grade
Michigan CSI - Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) has resources to instruct students in internet safety, for grades K-8
eSchool News article - list of 10 ways schools can teach internet safety, including ideas and links to various resources
Resources for Parents
NetSmartz for Parents - information for parents on many different internet safety topics, ability to choose by issue, also has videos and presentations for parents
GetNetWise - clearinghouse of information including keeping children safe online, stopping unwanted email and spam, protecting computers from hackers and viruses, keeping personal information private. Includes links to filtering tools, monitoring tools, etc.
KidRocket - free kidsafe web browser for kids, designed for young children using the internet, limited in the sites it allows children to visit, but it’s free - download from CNET
SafeKids.com - safety advice, articles, tips, etc., for parents
SafeTeens.com - internet safety for teens with safety advice, articles, tips, etc.
Protect Your Kids - how to protect your children from internet dangers
Safe Surf - “the original internet rating system,” very good tips to keep the internet safe for your children
Hector’s World - Cyber safety initiative for parents to help young people learn about safe online practices and digital citizenship, for students in grades K-5
Internet Smarts - guided, multimedia activities for parents to help children explore important topics in internet use, for students in grades 4-8