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 Internet Safety Sites for Kids

Netsmartz Kids- Netsmartz is a big hit every year with elementary students.  It teaches Internet safety through fun characters, games, songs, and videos.

2. Disney’s Surfswell Island- an interactive island where students learn about Internet safety with Disney characters.  Students go on an Indiana Jones type adventure with Mickey and his friends as they learn about Internet safety.

Privacy Playground- The First Adventure of the Three Cyber Pigs- a game designed for ages 8-10 where students help the Cyber Pigs navigate websites, marketing plys, spam, and have a close encounter with an unfriendly wolf.

Safety Land- An interactive city that teaches Internet safety.  Students help the Safety land hero catch a bad Internet character by searching buildings in the city and answering Internet safety questions.

Safe Surfing with Dongle- Students learn about email, chat, playing games, and having fun online in this interactive movie/game.

iKeep Safe- A kid friendly Internet safety program that follows a cat named Faux Paw and her adventures in the Internet.  The online books and videos teach kids basic Internet safety, how to handle cyber bullying, balancing real life with screen time, and the risks and dangers of downloading.  These are high quality!


Welcome to the Web- An interactive site that teaches students about the Internet through challenges and activities.  Students learn basic concept of the Internet, navigating and visiting websites, staying safe online, all about browsers, copyright, and how to search.

Faux Paw and the Dangerous Download- Another video from iKeep Safe, in it, Faux Paw learns that downloading is a great way to get information, but only when it is done the right way.  The video teaches a valuable lesson about illegal file sharing.

Internet Safety with Professor Garfield- Lesson on online safety, cyberbullying, and fact or opinion and forms of media.  Each section includes a video, game, and quiz.


The Carnegie Cyber Academy- Students join the Cyber Academy and complete several missions to equip them to be good cyber citizens and defend the Internet.

Common Sense with Phineas and Ferb- This short video helps students learn cyberspace rules and online safety tips.

 Think U Know Cyber Cafe- a virtual environment where students can practice their online safety smarts. In the cafe, students help virtual kids make good choices when using email, texting, instant messaging, web browsing, creating an online personal space, and chatting in a chat room.

 The Bully Roundup- An interactive online board game where students test their bully smarts.

Netiquette

RESPECT all other users. "Other users" can be: people waiting to use the computer you are now using, the person who receives your email, the persons you share a computer with, or the people you contact using instant messaging.

Don't use words that you would not use in front of your parent, grandparent or an adult in any email, chatroom or instant messaging program. If someone makes you uncomfortable using these words, ask them politely to stop. If they will not stop, go somewhere else. If they follow you, disconnect from the internet then reconnect.

If you need to send a long email to someone, put the word "LONG" somewhere in the subject line so they know your letter will take a little time to read.

Try not to send someone a file that they can not open because they do not have the same program installed on their computer that you used to create the file.

Don't send your friend a file you know you shouldn't have in the first place.

Respect the privacy of other users. Don't read some else's mail unless they give you permission or your parent instructs you to. Watch out for other internet users (like family, friends and younger brothers and sisters) but don't interfere when they are at a safe website or doing homework.

By follow the rules of your family when you are connected to the internet, you have a much greater chance of staying safe in cyberspace.


Internet Privacy

Your privacy on the internet depends on how much you want and how much your parent or the adult supervising your internet activities allows. Even though you may object to your parent or an adult "treating you like a baby", they are still responsible for your safety and everything you do with both your everyday activities and online activities. The amount of freedom you earn or are given by your parent or supervising adult with your online activities is no different than with your everyday activities. If you are allowed or forbidden to read "this" kind of book or hang out in "this" neighborhood, assume it is true on the internet. Remember that as long as you are under 18 years old, the parent or adult that you live with in the USA has the option and right to go through any of your belongings, including your computer or the computer that you use. This does not mean that every parent will search through every file in every computer used by every child. It simply means that your parent or supervising adult wants to keep you safe while allowing you enough freedom to explore the world (including the internet) in keeping with the beliefs and values of your family - and, in the United States they are allowed to do this if they choose.

When you visit a website that is specifically for kids your age (under 13) and they require you to complete a registration form, the website in the USA can only ask for your first name, username, email address and age. If the website will not let you register without telling more personal information, it is required to get permission from your parent or guardian before you are allowed to participate in any activities or be added to their mailing list. Your parent will be able to visit the website review the website's privacy, spam and third party advertisement policies before giving consent. You and your parent can tell the website that is in the USA to remove all or some of the information you gave them.

Older kids should keep a watch for the younger ones on the internet. Glance at the computer monitor once in a while when a youngster is on the internet to be sure they are not at any "bad" websites or talking to strangers.

Last Modified on July 3, 2013
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