Internet Safety for Kids
How to help young learners stay safe on the internet
Talking to young learners about e-safety
The internet is extremely important in young people's lives. It’s a big part of how they spend their free time: listening to music, watching movies, and spending hours on end chatting with friends via Facebook or other social networking websites. As such, teachers (and, of course, parents) can't afford to ignore some of the risks. Instead, they should talk about e-safety with children, and listen to their concerns and opinions as well as give advice and set rules.
Guide to Online Privacy and Security for Teachers
Technology in schools has become ubiquitous. Questions about keeping students data safe and teaching them online privacy while harnessing the benefits of e-learning are on a lot of educators’ minds.
Although teachers are increasingly aware of the need for cybersecurity in classrooms, they don’t necessarily have the actionable know-how. This concise guide aims to provide teachers with first-level defense strategies to:
- Ensure a cyber-safe classroom and protect students’ private data
- Teach students the basics of online privacy and security
- Ensure technology in class is a benefit, not a distraction
Introduce your students to the notion of strangers on the Internet and how to interact with them:
- A stranger online is someone they don’t know personally. Some strangers are dangerous, but not all strangers online are bad. This BrainPop Jr. video does an excellent job of explaining the concept.
- Things kids should never tell strangers online include their full name, address, phone number, or where their parents work and their names.
- Strangers should never ask children to send them their pictures.
- Discuss where kids usually interact with strangers online – for young children it’s mostly multiplayer and open-world games. Explain they should always tell a trusted adult if something unpleasant happens online.
- Complete the topic with Internet safety quiz.
Finally, familiarize yourself with:
- COPPA – Children’s Online Privacy Prevention Act
- CIPA – Children’s Internet Protection Act
- PPRA – Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment
- FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The FTC offers excellent advice for teachers about online privacy and safety of students.