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We begin talking about safety online in second grade. Second graders learn about what it means to be a cyber community and how to be safe online with the following sites:

We also introduce the concept of online marketing with the following game:

In third grade we review the “Cyber Community” concept and introduce the concept of “cyber bullying.” We discuss ways to handle cyber bullying and the importance of informing an adult as soon as it happens. We also introduce a structure for using appropriate resources for research that progresses from searching for books and using online encyclopedias, to using online databases and hotlists of sites selected by teachers, to using age-appropriate internet directories such as NetTrekker. In third grade we also introduce the concept of web site evaluation using a simple WHO-WHAT-WHEN-WHERE-WHY model.

In fourth grade we introduce the concept of “Intellectual Property,” discussing copyright and plagiarism, as well as fair use with digital content such as images and sound clips. We expand on the “Cyber Community” concept to discuss the three primary risks online—Inappropriate Contact (with predators, cyber bullies, phishers and hackers); Inappropriate Content; and Inappropriate Conduct. We also expand on the concept of web site evaluation. We use material from the following sites:

In fifth grade we continue using the “Cyber Savvy” materials, reviewing  the concepts already discussed and look ahead to some of the issues related to various social networking sites that students may be aware of. We talk about web site evaluation and using the online databases that they will use for research in middle school and beyond. Fifth graders also begin using educational networking tools such as GoogleDocs and Edmodo.

Internet Safety Quiz–

Looking for help talking to your student about online and technology issues at home? We recommend to following government publication:http://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/pdf-0001.pdf and other resources at OnGuardonline.gov.

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