Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Great Sites to Help Teach Cyber Safety

We will begin our school year teaching our students about Copyright, Cyber and Internet Safety, Plagiarism, and Fair Use.

Here are the sites that we will be using:

#1 Surf Swell Island

This is an adventure game from Disney.  Through playing the game, students will learn all about how to be appropriate and safe on the Internet.

#2 Game Classroom 
This interactive is a great way to answer questions that students have about Fair Use, Copyright, Creative Commons etc.  

#3 Cyber Saftety
This is site that looks very similar to an infographic.  The topics covered are Cyber bullying, Identity Thief  Plagiarism, Computer Viruses and Internet Safety.

#4 Webonauts 

This is an adventure game from  Students work to become part of the Internet Academy.  They will learn about privacy and how to be safe on the Internet.

Here are the important concepts that Police Departments want students to learn about being safe online:
  • Tell your parents immediately if you come across something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Remember that people on the Internet may not be who they seem.
  • Never give out identifying information such as your name, home address, school name or telephone number in a public message, such as in a chat room or on a bulletin board.
  • People who are dangerous may represent themselves online as a young boy or girl to entice you to a face-to-face meeting.
  • You should never arrange a face-to-face meeting without first asking a parent. If a parent agrees, you should meet in a public place with your parent accompanying you. Be careful when someone offers you something for nothing.
  • Be very careful about any offers that involve you coming to a meeting or have someone visit your home.
  • Always get to know your online friends just as you would get to know all of your friends.
  • Never send your picture without first asking a parent.
  • Never respond to messages or items that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, threatening or make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Be sure that you are dealing with someone you and your parents know and trust before giving out any personal information about yourself.
  • Diligent parental supervision will help ensure your safety on the Internet.
I hope these sites help you and your students as you begin the new school year.   

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