I know, many years ago, when my daughter was in 3rd grade, she and I sat down and went through the activities on NetSmartz to help her discover how to be safe online. Se really enjoyed the games and video, which provided us with "talking points" or further discussion. She also had to sign their pledge before she was allowed online.
I remind students that once something is online, it is always online. (I show them how the WayBack machine works.) I am very proactive in the classroom watching for any "harassment or bullying." One comment I make to students that if someone is not laughing, it's "not a joke." Based on my observations, I think the numbers might be inflated for my school.
My co-teacher and I use examples from out class wiki to teach about cybersafety and cyberbullying. Also, we post our "Golden Rules of Cybersafety" and plan to have the parents and students sign a "Safe Use Contract," patterned after the Family Online Internet Safety Contract.
These are all great suggestions for talking to kids about internet safety, and creating awareness that there may be future consequences for posting information online. I especially like the idea of using a tool that shows how information never really goes away once it is put "out there" on the internet.
Great ideas. Thanks for contributing to the discussion!
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When I was a classroom teacher we used a tube of toothpaste to help simulate that once words are spoken, there is no taking them back. I would have the kids in a circle and give them a small plate or napkin. Each student, in turn, squeezes out a little bit of toothpaste to represent the amount of texting, SM interaction, etc they do. After each student has taken their turn, I tell them that their job is to "take some of it back," the hurtful things, the untruths, the unkind words, the gossip. They are to try to put the words (toothpaste) back into the tube. Afterwards we discuss how easy/hard this is to do and what happens once you put words "out there."
Protecting your children from harm is just as important online as it is in the real world. As a parent or carer, you can play an important role in helping children have safe and positive experiences online.
The internet offers an exciting world of experiences for children and the whole family. It can be entertaining, educational and rewarding. However, using the internet also involves risks and challenges.
Children might be exposed to content that is sexually explicit, violent, prohibited or even illegal. They may also experience cyber bullying or be at risk from contact by strangers.
Children may - unknowingly or deliberately - share personal information without realising they may be subject to, or that they are leaving behind content that might not reflect well on them in the future.
By taking an active role in talking with you kids about the risks and answering their questions or concerns about something that they find on the Internet you can help them stay safer online.
- Know what your children are doing online-make sure they know how to stay safe and encourage them to tell you if they come across anything suspicious or if anybody says or does something that makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened.
- Get to know the technologies your children are using. This will help you understand the risks and to be able to talk to them about what they are doing online.
- Discuss the risks with your children and agree on some rules for internet use. Post them clearly near your computer.
- Tell your children if they are uncomfortable talking to you they can contact the Cybersmart Online Helpline (Kids Helpline)www.cybersmart.gov.au
- Place the computer in a family area of the home - the family or living room, rather than a bedroom.
- Install an internet content filter. This can be used to restrict what content is viewed and downloaded or the times when they can use the internet.
- Make sure your children know not to share personal information or photos. This includes their full name, mailing address, telephone number, the name of their school, or any information that could allow someone to work out who they are and where they live.
- Report inappropriate, harmful or criminal activities that occur online or via a mobile device to www.thinkuknow.org.au
- Report offensive content to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). You can do this by completing the relevant online form at www.acma.gov.au/hotlineor by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org phone 1800 880 176