Guidelines for Internet Safety: What Students Need To Know
The Internet is a powerful tool that should be used wisely.
- The Internet allows students access to a vast library of previously unavailable resources.
- The Internet enables students to communicate with people around the world.
- The Internet provides a creative outlet for students skilled in writing, art, music, science,mathematics, and other topics.
- Students need to know that not all Internet information is valid or appropriate.
- Sexually explicit material or violent images can affect students negatively.
- Sexual predators will try to convince students to trust them.
- Internet information may promote negative attitudes, such as hate or intolerance, and dangerous or illegal activities, such as self-injuring behavior, gambling, and illegal drug use. Students should be taught specifically how to maximize the Internet’s potential while protecting themselves from potential abuse.
- The critical-thinking skills students learn in the classroom, library, and lab should be applied to Internet resources and Web searching.
- Students need to know what to do and who to ask for help when they encounter a person or site on the Internet that is offensive or threatening to them.
- Students and adults are strongly encouraged to be responsible citizens. Report illegal Internet communications and activities to Internet Service Providers and local law enforcement
Internet activities, such as playing games and downloading music or video files, can be enjoyable. Students need to know which activities are safe and legal.
- Gaming sites can attract sexual predators and/or cyberbullies.
- Some games may contain pornographic and/or violent images. Students need to talk with parents about what is acceptable.
- Students need to know how to detect whether a specific file download is legal and/or free of malicious code.
Clicky’s Web World: What 2 Do on the Web (NetSmartzKids)
Safe Teens (SafeTeens)
Get Your Web License (PBS KIDS)
Tips by Teens for Teens (GetNetWise)
10 Tips for Dealing with Game Cyberbullies and Griefers (Microsoft)
The 411: File Sharing (StaySafe)
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