Internet Safety Instruction in the Olympia School District
According to the 2016-2017 Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, all students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness. Age appropriate materials will be made available for use across grade levels. Training on online safety issues and materials implementation will be made available for administration, staff and families.
While instructional opportunities and responsibilities arise in many classrooms and contexts, the OSD teacher-librarians provide lessons and discussions through the library information and technology curriculum. At least one (grades K-2, 9-12) or two (grades 3-8) lessons are taught per year per grade. Lesson materials and focus vary by school and grade level, with Commonsense Media materials providing the backbone of the scope and sequence.
Internet Safety Resources
- OSPI Site for Cyber Safety - Information about Federal and Washington State laws as well as digital citizenship curricular links
- Common Sense Media - Create a quick account and then click on the "Education" link; CyberSmart curriculum is now included
- Onguard Online.gov - Free educator resources from the Federal Trade Commission on topics such as cyberbullying, using public Wi-Fi safely, advertising literacy, downloading apps, and protecting personal information online
- Edutopia: Digital Citizenship Resource Roundup - Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy, updated 2015
- Netsmartz Kids - games, videos and activities for elementary age children
- NS Teens - videos, games, and resources for tweens and teens
- OnGuard Online.gov - From the Department of Homeland Security, OnGuard Online provides information about avoiding scams, securing your computer, and protecting kids online
- NetSmartz - From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, resources for talking with your child or teen about digital citizenship and safety
- Safekids.com - Advice and news about digital citizenship, security, and civility, edited by Larry Magid
- Connectsafely.org - A Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy
- Commonsense Media - Guidance for parents on common concerns