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 Website.
- 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
Safe and responsible use of social networking, websites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, etc.
- Read through Google's Be Internet Awesome tools. (works best on Chromebooks or in the Chrome browser) Download Google's Be Internet Awesome Curriculum (PDF)
- Watch the NetSafe Episode 1: "What is the Internet?" video
- Watch the NetSafe Episode 4: "Be Kind Online" video
- Remind students that they should always be with a parent or trusted adult when using the Internet.
- Introduce students to the NetSmartz characters by watching (computer lab or SMART Board) the NetSmartz Kids biographies
- Watch or play "Router's Birthday Surprise"
- Download and teach the "Going Places Safely" lesson plan
- Download the lesson plan and teach the lesson, "Show Respect Online."
Recognizing, avoiding, and reporting online solicitations by sexual predators.
- Download the lesson plan (requires creating a free account) and teach the lesson that accompanies the NetSmartz "Know the Rules" video.
- View and discuss the NetSmartz "Be Safer Online"video.
Risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet
- Discuss what "personal information" is with children (name, age, address, etc.) and why it is important NOT to give personal information out to strangers.
- Watch the video Faux Paw the Techno-Cat: Adventures in the Internet, then discuss the ideas in the video with the Discussion Guide.
- Download the lesson plan, teach the lesson, and complete the activity sheet for "Keep It Private" lesson
Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive online communication
- Watch and discuss the "Faux Paw Goes To the Games" video, or read the larger "book" version (requires Flash) with the students, which allows you to advance the story at your own pace. Use their Level 1 Curriculum Materials and follow the Guided Discussion (opens a Word document) as appropriate.
- Download and teach the "Who's On the Internet" Teachable Recipe from Netsmartz.
Recognizing and reporting online harassment and cyberbullying
- Download the lesson plan, teach the lesson, and complete the activity sheets for the "Screen Out the Mean" lesson
- Download and teach the "Cyberbullying" Teachable Recipe from Netsmartz.