Teaching Internet Safety Is The LAW!
Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois General Assembly have mandated that all public schools set aside instructional time each year (Grades 3-12) to teach students how to use the Internet safely. The resources linked at the top of this page can be used by teachers to satisfy this state requirement. District #205 teachers are not limited to using only these resources;others may be substituted to fit your curriculum. The selection of content used is left to the classroom teacher(s).
For more information about this requirement, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education's Internet Safety Curriculum page.Visit the Illinois Attorney General's Stop Cyberbullying Web site.
- Illinois Attorney General's Internet Safety Quiz for Parents "How Aware RU?"
- Illinois Attorney General's Online Safety Tips for Parents
- Illinois Attorney General's Online Safety Tips for Students
Google and iKeepSafe have partnered to develop Be Internet Awesome, which has earned the Seal of Alignment, by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
- Play Interland
- Download the full Be Internet Awesome Digital Citizenship & Safety Curriculum Guide (PDF)
- View online resources & guidance
Google's Applied Digital Skills team has developed an Online Safety and Digital Well Being curriculum to help students learn how to stay safe online and use digital environments in healthier ways.
Safe and responsible use of social networking, websites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, etc.
- Build Healthy Digital Habits, from Google's Applied Digital Skills Online Safety and Digital Well Being Curriculum
- Watch Hacked Email: What to Do, from the Federal Trade Commission.
- Download and teach the "Oops! I Brodcast It on the Internet" lesson plan.
- Download, read, and discuss the USA Today article Rudeness, Threats Make Web a Cruel World. The article is attached to this lesson plan.
- Watch the Netsmartz Post-to-be-Private video (embedded below), followed by the Teens Talk Back: Social Networking video (embedded below). Copy, distribute, & discuss the Social Media Safety for Teens and Tips for Teens from NetSmartz.
- Read & discuss "Tips for Safe Social Networking for Teens" from ConnectSafely.org
- Read and discuss "Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting" from ConnectSafely.org.
- Access, read and discuss the "Top 10 Tips for Video Sharing" page from ConnectSafely.org.
- View the Netsmartz Your Photo Fate video (embedded below) and discuss the dangers of sexting.
- Download, duplicate, distribute & discuss Safe and Responsible Social Networking: Strategies for Keeping Yourself Safe Online from the Cyberbullying Research Center.
- Download, duplicate, distribute & discuss Cell Phone Safety: Top Ten Tips for Teens from the Cyberbullying Research Center.
Recognizing, avoiding and reporting online solicitations by sexual predators
- Download and teach the Making Good Decisions lesson plan and activity sheets. Please read the "Warning" on the lesson plan page before deciding to teach this lesson or not. Take the quiz and discuss as a class.
- Watch the video Meeting Offline (embedded below) and read Tips to Identify & Avoid Sexual Solicitation from NetSmartz.
- Download and teach the lesson, "Risky Online Relationships" from Common Sense Education.
- Distribute, read, and discuss the Predator Tip Sheet page.
- Read and discuss the "What to Report" list. Show students how to navigate the Cyber Tip Line website to report solicitation from a sexual predator (Do not actually submit! Explain to students that they take this information very, very seriously, like a 9-1-1 call.)
- Teach the lesson plan that goes with the Netsmartz Amy's Choicevideo. (embedded below)
- Teach the lesson plan that goes with the Netsmartz Julie's Journey video. (embedded below)
- Teach the lesson plan that goes with the Netsmartz Survivor Diaries video, to show that male students can also be victims of online predators. Teach or extend with this alternate lesson plan.
- Have students take the Cyber Safety Survey(paper). Tabulate responses and discuss the results.
Risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet
- Download and teach the lesson plan for "Does It Matter Who Has Your Data?"
- Download and teach the "Digital Life 102" lesson plan.
- Download & teach the lesson, "Private Today, Public Tomorrow".
- Download & teach the lesson, "What's The Big Deal About Internet Privacy?"
- Watch & discuss the Netsmartz Offline Consequences video. (embedded below)
- Watch & discuss the Netsmartz Information Travels video.
Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive online communication
- Teach Avoid Online Scams, from Google's Applied Digital Skills Online Safety and Digital Well-Being Curriculum
- Have the class take the SonicWall Phishing IQ test online to see if they know how to tell real email messages from phishing messages.
Recognizing and reporting online harassment and cyberbullying
- Download and teach the Turn Down the Dial on Cyberbullying lesson.
- Download and teach the Taking Perspectives on Cyberbullying lesson
- Teach the lesson plan that goes with the Netsmartz Cyberbullying: Broken Friendship video.
- Teach the lesson plan that goes with the Netsmartz Cyberbullying: You Can't Take It Back video.
- Read & discuss Preventing Cyberbullying, Responding to Cyberbullying, and/or Ten Ideas for Youth to Educate Their Community About Cyberbullying from the Cyberbullying Research Center.
- In a staff meeting, discuss Cyberbullying Warning Signs, Cyberbullying: Identificatioin, Prevention, & Response, and/or Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard.
Reporting illegal online activities and communications
- Download and teach the lesson plan Four Corners - To Report or Not to Report from the Illinois Attorney General's Office.
- After teaching the lesson above, visit and discuss CyberTip Line and The Internet Crime Complaint Center. Read and discuss the "What to Report" list. Demonstrate for students how to report solicitation from a sexual predator or online criminal using one of the above web resources. (Do not actually submit! Explain to students that the authorities take this information very, very seriously. Treat it like a 9-1-1 call.)