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Digital Citizenship

Internet Safety  or online safety is the security of people and their information when using the Internet. This could include feeling safe when online.The purpose of this site is to provide internet safety resources to parents and students. Use this site to raise awareness about the issue of online safety and to increase the safe use of the internet by children in Jefferson County Public schools.


Parent Information

Since most cyberbullying takes place at home, it's important that parents know about cyberbullying and that they get involved in preventing it. Just like parents help their kids avoid inappropriate websites, they can protect them from cyberbullying.

What Parents Can Do:

  • Keep your home computer in a busy area of your house.
  • Set up email and chat accounts with your children. Make sure that you know their screen names and passwords and that they don't include any personal information in their online profiles.
  • Regularly go over their instant messenger "buddy list" with them. Ask who each person is and how your children know him or her.
  • Print the list of commonly used acronyms in instant messenger and chat rooms from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and post it by your computer.
  • Discuss cyberbullying with your children and ask if they have ever experienced it or seen it happen to someone.
  • Tell your children that you won't blame them if they are cyberbullied. Emphasize that you won't take away their computer privileges - this is the main reason kids don't tell adults when they are cyberbullied.


Parent Resources

Stop Cyberbullying

The "Stop Cyberbullying" Web site provides a variety of resources for kids, teenagers, parents, and educators seeking information and advice about cyberbullying. The links below can be used to answer questions you have about cyberbullying.



K
indergarten - Third Grade Resources

Going on the Internet is like going out on Halloween. Everyone's face is hidden. Unless you know your friend's costume (online name), you don't know if you're talking to your friend or someone you don't know. Any stranger can pretend to be a friend and you have no way of knowing who they are because they are behind the mask of the computer

Video

Cyberbullying

Learn what cyberbullying looks and feels like online. Why does it occur? What can you do about it?

Safety Land
A safety game from AT&T. You will go to different buildings to find the bad guy and earn a certificate about how to be safe online. 
 

Clicky, a web safety guide, has three great interactive videos to play. You willl learn about what the Internet is used for. Then learn about some dangers you may encounter, and how to be safe. 


Fourth -- Sixth Grade Resources

Video

Online Safety - Learn the rules for staying safe online. How to I protect myself online?

Cyberbullying
 
Am I Being Cyberbullied Checklist
   
What should you do if you think you are being bullied online?




Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a hot topic in many of our communities today.The stories of several national high-profile cases have been highlighted in both print and digital media sources.

What is cyberbullying, exactly? According to stopcyberbullying.org, "Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor.

Did you know that your teacher librarian, in conjunction with classroom teachers, specifically address cyberbullying as a part of our Educational Technology/Information Literacy curriculum? Beginning as young as first grade, we address how children are good citizens - both in the traditional community as well as digital communities. Our elementary school students learn to:

  • Understand acceptable and unacceptable uses of age-appropriate technology
  • Understand the consequences of irresponsible uses of technology at home and at school
  • Develop an awareness of appropriate kinds of information that should be shared in instructional chat rooms as well as public chat rooms
  • Identify safety precautions that should be taken while online
  • Discuss scenarios describing acceptable and unacceptable uses of technology (computers, digital cameras, cell phones, wireless connectivity) and describe consequences of inappropriate use.
  • Understand the potential risks and dangers associated with online communication (e-mail, files, passwords, social networking sites, etc.)
  • Discuss issues related to acceptable and responsible use of technology (privacy, security, copyright, plagiarism, spam, viruses, file sharing)
  • Become aware of their digital audiences and the impact of their online words and actions.

Please contact Rita Pereira, Thomson's Digital Teacher Librarian, with any questions or concerns. 

rita.pereira@jeffco.k12.co.us
303-982-9935

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