Online Safety Resources for (Virtual) Back to School!
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08-27-2020

With many schools starting the 2020 school year online, it’s more important than ever that children understand how to be safe and responsible digital citizens. NetSmartz has the resources you need to set the groundwork for a safe, productive online school year! Looking for ideas? Read on!

Let Students Guide Their Safety Education

These Season 1 “Into the Cloud” activities have been modified for students in an e-learning environment. PDFs are now fillable for students’ typed responses and suggestions have been made for how to submit artistic and creative assignments to teachers and classmates. 

Or, Take a More Teacher-Led Approach

Two new presentations, "Teaching Modern Safety with Into the Cloud" are now available for grades K-2 and 3-5. Easy to adapt for a real time screencast/webinar style lesson, or to record asynchronous learning! 

Create E-Classroom Etiquette Rules

Use any of the classic NetSmartz or new Into the Cloud videos to guide students in working together to establish rules and norms for their digital space.

Get Parents Involved with Digital Safety

Parents don’t always understand the issues facing children online, and they certainly can’t be monitoring their kids online all the time. That’s why it’s a great idea to ask parents to engage with Into the Cloud. Ask parents to watch season 1 (~30 minutes) of Into the Cloud with their child, then read about the safety issues addressed in the episodes and talk through the discussion questions with their children. 

For older children and teens, download the “Your Photo Fate” discussion guide and get step-by-step instructions, conversation starters, and advice on how to talk to teens about healthy relationships and sexting. 

Send copies of “Internet Safety at Home” to share practical tips parents can implement with their child at home. 

Help Adults and Children Recognize “Trusted Adults”

With childcare resources scarce, children may be interacting with different family members or caretakers than they’re used to. Help adults and children recognize the behaviors of safe, trusted adults with these two new tip sheets. One for kids, one for adults!              

The work educators do to keep children safe is so important. Thank you! 

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