Education Ourselves & Children
Today's students have access to a variety of technology devices and the internet, often both at home and at school. School use is supervised; individual student access to email, file downloading, instant messaging, and social websites (such as Facebook) is blocked. We are committed to providing internet safety information and knowledge to students, parents, and community members.
While parents are aware that technology is used on a daily basis, the misuse of technology has caught many adults off guard. Teachers and parents need to educate themselves about ways that students are using social websites and online communities as well as file downloads and online gaming. Many parents have no problem setting rules to keep their child safe when using a new toy, piece of equipment, or driving a car. However, many do not establish rules for the use of the internet, computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. There are three basic ways of keeping kids safe while using technology: educate your child and yourself, supervise your child's use of the internet and electronic devices, and use software to track online activity and/or filter websites.
Recommendations & Resources
We have created our own Top Recommendations for family internet use. We have also selected the following resources to help educators, parents, and students extend their knowledge of online safety, security, privacy, and citizenship.
- Illinois State Board of Education - Internet Safety Resources: Provides a variety of Illinois, National, and Cyberbullying resources and links to help in locating Internet safety information.
- Disney Internet Safety: This site provides internet safety tips for parents. There is a brief introduction, frequently asked questions, suggestions about communicate with your children, safety rulers, information about cyberbullies and general resources.
- Illinois Attorney General: The Attorney General's Office has provided parents with a very informative website with fact sheets, a quiz, and safety tips.
- I-Safe: Is a leader in internet safety education educating and empowering youth and parents to safely and responsibly take control of their internet experiences and how to avoid dangerous, inappropriate, or unlawful online behavior. I-Safe accomplishes this through dynamic K-12 curriculum and community outreach programs to parents, law enforcement, and community leaders.
- NetSmartz: Is an interactive resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. This site has age-appropriate activities to teach children how to be safe on the internet. It has links for parents, educators, and teens.
- WiredSafety: Provides one-to-one help, extensive information, and the education to cyberspace users of all ages on a myriad of Internet and interactive technology safety, privacy, and security issues.