Internet Safety TEACHKnox County SchoolsKIDS http://internetsafety.instech. knoxschools.org/ Internet Safety PLEASE! Knox County Schools Technology Department Marlene Boney 2009
Information on the Internet? The Internet: • is a normal part of our students’ lives. • is used for communication, education, research and exploration. • is a powerful tool that should be used wisely. • can also be susceptible to abuse -- targeting children and young teens. Revised Internet Safety PowerPoint Common Wealth VA “The Internet, sometimes called simply "the Net," is a worldwide system of computer networks - a network of networks in which users at any one computer can, if they have permission, get information from any other computer (and sometimes talk directly to users at other computers).” from http://searchwindevelopment.techtarget.com
Does Knox County Schools have an Internet policy? • Knox County Schools has an Internet policy pertaining to websites. The policy addresses what is appropriate to place on a website created by staff or students of Knox County Schools. • Can be found at: • http://instech.knoxschools.org/ Policy
Why Acceptable Use Policy? • harassment or threats. • interference or impairment to the activities of others. • unauthorized access and use of the resources of others. • damage or impairment of resources. • unauthorized commercial activities. To keep students from receiving or delivering: Revised Internet Safety PowerPoint Common Wealth VA
What is an Internet Filter? Students Cannot Get to All Internet sites. Many sites are filtered. Filtered access to the Internet is provided for all student-accessible computers in Knox County Public Schools as well as all schools throughout the state of Tennessee. The filtering software prohibits access to Internet sites based on known inappropriate content or determined to be of little or no educational value. The Internet Filter is provided as a safety protection for all the state’s students.
Does Tennessee have a law about Internet Safety?
Tennessee Bill on Internet Safety Bill • Background – Tennessee Law Tennessee House Bill 3051 resulted in Title 49, an act to amend Tennessee Code relative to Internet use in public and private schools. SECTION I “(E) shall include a component on Internet Safety for students that is integrated in a school district’s instructional program and (F) encourages communication with parents that raises awareness about Internet Safety...” SECTION II states that this “ACT” shall take effect July 1, 2008.”
Train the instructional staff • Train teachers and students • Monitor students’ Internet Use • Reinforce safe surfing practices • Community outreach What are the Needs? Who takes on these Roles? Revised Internet Safety PowerPoint Common Wealth VA
Teachers Monitor students’ Internet Use. Reinforce safe surfing practices. Indirect community outreach (parent conferences, newsletters, etc.). Administrators Monitor program to ensure functionality/ participation at all levels. Initiate, plan, facilitate community outreach. Monitor students’ Internet use. Reinforce safe surfing practices. Instructional Technology Staff Join Internet Safety Class Click Join this Group Revised Internet Safety PowerPoint Common Wealth VA
Internet Safety in Our Schools Internet Safety Awareness • needs to be a component in the curriculum in the K-12 instructional program. • can be used as professional development for Staff. • needs to include outreach for parents and community. How can you become aware? http://internetsafety.instech.knoxschools.org/ Knox County’s Internet Safety Site Revised Internet Safety PowerPoint Common Wealth VA
What should be included in the school’s Curriculum? • Safety and Legality in regards to playing games or downloading music/video • Evaluation of web pages for content, validity and authenticity – not all information is valid or appropriate • Emphasis and/or awareness of cyberbullies & predators that use the Internet to manipulate students • Focus on messages students might receive by online “friends” ALERT: People who send these messages are not always who or what they seem to be. Revised Internet Safety PowerPoint Common Wealth VA
How do we teachInternet Safety? • We need to guide our students to make good choices in their Internet travels. Guide students to the many sites that Knox County has as subscriptions. • Just as we teach children to be safe in the halls of our schools, crossing the street or driving a car, we must teach them to use the Internet safely. • It should be taught as an integrated whole; not a one time training lesson. • We should utilize the ‘teachable moment’ whenever a topic can illustrate a component of Internet safety. Revised Internet Safety PowerPoint Common Wealth VA
What can teachers and parents do to promote Internet Safety? Teachers and Parents • Need to know the signs of cyberbullying and what to do if one of their students is harrassed. • Need to remind students over and over that people online are not always who they claim to be, and Internet information is not always accurate/appropriate. • Must teach students what types of personal information they are never to share on the Internet without parent approval: name, address, phone number, email address, school they attend Cyberbullying is the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to deliberately harass, threaten, or intimidate someone. Revised Internet Safety PowerPoint Common Wealth VA
What can teachers and parents do to promote Internet Safety? Teachers and Parents • Need to emphasize that exchanging information with others online can be dangerous. • Need to talk to students about the policies on exchanging/downloading files. • Need to know e-mail dangers and offer information to kids on how to recognize problem signs. • Need to point out that online journals/blogs should not reveal too much information; predators can use the information to get around restrictions. • Need to check age-appropriate levels of sites that kids visit especially social networking. Revised Internet Safety PowerPoint Common Wealth VA
What can teachers and parents do to promote Internet Safety? Create Safety Rules for Kids • Students need to hear the safety rules often. • Internet safety rules should be posted near all computers. • Teachers and parents should review rules frequently. • Students should know consequences of disobeying the rules. • Students need to know what steps to take when accidently accessing inappropriate sites. • Teachers and parents must be consistent in enforcing rules and the policies. Revised Internet Safety PowerPoint Common Wealth VA
Essential Points for Teachers • Remember monitoring is crucial. • Filters cannot catch everything. • Teachers and parents must watch where students go on the Internet. • No aimless or “free” surfing – teachers should provide purpose and guides. • Teachers or parents can view ‘History’ to see what students have viewed. Revised Internet Safety PowerPoint Common Wealth VA
Essential Points for Teachers • Choose websites or search tools for students or use webguides or webquests. • Always suggest alternative or related sites. • netTrekker • Discovery Education • Grolier online • Heritage Quest Online • Infotrac (TEL) • Learning Express Library • News Bank • Points of View Reference Center • Teaching Books • Post rules and consequences. These sites are subscriptions provided by Knox County Schools. If passwords are needed ask media specialists.
Be Familiar with Social Networking • MySpace • Facebook What is social networking? Online communities of people who share interests and activities Youtube-A popular Web video sharing site that lets anyone store short videos for private or public viewing. Social Networking Sites Top Ten Review Another Popular Site for Kids
Good Resources Cybersmart.org • Correlates to ISTE standards • Contains standards based lesson plans with activity sheets Netsmartz.org/ • Site for parents, students and teachers internetsafety.instech.knoxschools.org/ • Internet Safety Site K-12 activities and weekly Internet safety tips-Knox County Schools
Keeping Knox County Students Internet Safe “The Internet’s potential is limitless and still largely untapped. Within the next 10 years, it will change education in ways we cannot imagine.” Billy K. Cannaday, Jr. Virginia's superintendent of public instruction Our goal in Knox County Schools is to keep our students Internet Safe. All of us must work together to make sure student have a safe journey on the Internet.
Introduction of Knox County’s new Internet Safety Character KEEPING INTERNET PREDATORS AWAY
Tip # 1: Do not give out personal information on the web. Look for KIPAat instech.knoxschools.org/ and his weekly Internet Safety Tip! KIPA has come up with a tip a week-52 Tips. These tips can be found at the Technology Instructional Technology website. Email KIPA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the following: • Dion Dykes creator of KIPA • Some material taken from an Internet Safety PowerPoint Presentation from Commonwealth of VA