Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Teaching Internet Safety to Young Kids: Into the Cloud™

Source: https://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/intothecloud#usingintothecloud

Teaching Internet Safety to Young Kids: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has released season two of Netsmartz’s "Into the Cloud," a series of videos to educate children ages 10 and under about Internet safety. While season one addressed reporting unsafe and inappropriate interactions and content, season two addresses online exploitation, reporting and removing online inappropriate content. 

Using Into the Cloud™

Each episode of Into the Cloud™ is between 3-6 minutes long, making them ideal for a variety of environments, from technology class to afterschool and home use.

Each episode has a corresponding discussion guide that can be used in one-on-one and small group settings.

Additionally, classroom activities on the themes of trust, identity, and reputation are available for use with the complete first season.

Keep kids engaged after the episodes with "Cloud Chaos!" the Into the Cloud™ game, available online and in the app store.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Safer Internet Day!

 

ConnectSafely is proud to be the official US host of Safer Internet Day, a global event celebrated in more than 100 countries, this year on Tuesday, February 9. Here are a few ways you, your classroom, your home or your organization can join us and people across the globe to send the message that making the internet great for everybody takes everybody.

Get Involved

"The internet starts with I & ends with T"

This year, our U.S. theme is “The internet starts with I & ends with T" — asking everyone to think about “What I can do to make the internet better.” And while we can take personal responsibility for our own actions, we can also work together. “Internet ends with T” reminds us that we’re all in this together. That includes families, companies, governments and everyone else. We all have a role to play.

Here are a few key ways to celebrate Safer Internet Day in your community or home. See the full list at SID-USA.org.

Industry Insight

Watch ConnectSafely’s “Industry Insight” video series for a look at what tech companies, policymakers and others are doing to keep people safe on apps and services. The series launches Feb. 8 on
SID-USA.org.

Lesson Plans

ConnectSafely’s Education Director Kerry Gallagher created lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students with activities based on our theme in the following topic areas:

  • I protect my accounts and devices

  • I share responsibly so I don’t spread false information

  • I take care of myself

  • I take care of others

Go To Lesson Plans

Family Activities

Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to discuss digital safety and civility with your kids. Some conversation starters:

  • Discuss our theme The internet starts with "I" and ends with "T." What does that mean and how does it apply to your family?

  • Brainstorm “rules” for digital civility. Create an online and printed pledge with everyone’s best ideas.

  • You see a post or fact online that just doesn't seem right. How do you check if it's true? Do you share it, correct it or just ignore it?

  • An ad pops up while you’re doing a search—you click on the ad—it takes you away from your original search. What do you do?

  • You’re using an app that you have permission to use, but while using the app you get a message from someone you don’t know. What do you do?

  • You post a picture of a friend or classmate and they ask you to take it down. What do you do?

Companies & Community Organizations

Sign up to become a Safer Internet Day U.S. partner! Check out our partner kit for ways to participate in Safer Internet Day with your customers and employees. Once you know your company’s plans, email us the details at the link at the bottom of this page.

Go to Partner Kit

Spread the Word on Social Media

Use the hashtags #SID2021 and #SaferInternetDay and don’t forget to tag @connectsafely. See SID-USA.org for ways to rally your followers and get the word out about Safer Internet Day.

Get Involved on Social

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PROOF POINTS: 10,000 student study points to kindergarteners who may become heavy screen users


Researchers at Penn State analyzed 10,000 students and found that kindergarteners in low-income families and Black kindergarteners of all incomes had a higher propensity to be heavy users of technology by the end of elementary school.  Hyperactive kindergarteners and those exhibiting aggressive behaviors, such as hitting, were also more likely to become frequent users. The study focused on fifth graders who said they were playing online video games, using social media or texting “many times” a day and their characteristics and behavior in kindergarten.

Read more:

https://hechingerreport.org/kindergarteners-who-may-become-heavy-screen-users/

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