Oregon School District Internet/Technology Safety Resources

The best advice for parents is to educate yourself in the areas of technology safety and have open and honest discussions with your student about all aspects of their internet and cell phone use.

According to Larry Magid (technology journalist and internet safety advocate)

"The real risks — statistically speaking — are things that kids do to themselves and others.  Those include cyberbullying, sexting, loss of reputation, theft of online identity and other security risks (including weak and shared passwords) and of course wasting time, obsessive use of technology and over-exposure to commercial messaging.  Speaking of wasting time, a report issued this week by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that youth (8-18) devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to consuming entertainment media during a typical day.  But when you factor in multi-tasking, they actually wind up with 10 hours and 45 minutes of content."

(Taken from:  http://www.safekids.com/2010/01/22/online-safety-3-0-protecting-empowering-youth/)

Resources:

Communication http://www.onguardonline.gov/pdf/tec04.pdf
Cyberbullying    http://www.cyberbullying.us/videos.php
Facebook/Social Media Tips

http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dci/icac/socialsites.asp
http://www.allfacebook.com/2009/12/facebook-privacy-new/
http://www.facebook.com/help/?safety=parents
http://www.wauwatosanow.com/news/83399317.html

Cell Phone/Texting Tips                    
http://www.safekids.com/cell-phone-safety-tips/
http://www.connectsafely.org/Safety-Tips/tips-to-prevent-sexting.html                                                                                                  
General Safety Tips    
http://www.wiredsafety.org/parent.html
http://www.isafe.org/
http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm
http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/documents/CyberTiplineFactSheet.pdf
 Password Tips
http://www.connectsafely.org/Safety-Tips/tips-to-create-and-manage-strong-passwords.html
Videos to Watch With Teenagers    
http://www.thatsnotcool.com/
http://www.commoncraft.com/protecting-reputations-video

Curriculum:

In elementary school students are taught about internet safety in their computer applications rotation.  The emphasis is on giving out personal information, being safe on the internet, and cyberbullying.  In 5th grade during keyboarding class, students review online safety and really stress the FBI rules:  Recognize, Refuse, Respond, and Report.  In 8th grade, students work on internet safety projects during in their Technology Tools class.  Also, all teachers should stress internet safety when they have their students use internet resources.