With the inception of the mainstream Internet in the nineties, identity theft, viruses, cyber-stalking and internet predators were not known phrases. However as the world wide web grew,so too did the annoyances, dangers and fear.
I’m a firm
. Kids will inevitably stumble upon inappropriate materialat some point. Our job as parents and educators is to give students the skills to know what to dowhen that happens. The first unit I start out with in my technology integration classes each year isthat of internet safety. I teach 24 classes of third, fourth and fifth graders each week and I believethat we do not need to ban children from using the Internet, but instead, give them the tools tobecome smart Internet users.
3 Basic Rules to Live By:
Never give out your name, age, address, where you go to school, birthday, phone number,or other facts about you to anyone you meet online.2.
Never agree to meet with anyone in person you meet online.3.
If something you see or read makes you uncomfortable, go and tell a trusted adult rightaway.