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    I have been in the field of educational technology since 1988. I began as a computer teacher for Futurekids Inc. in Los Angeles. Soon after, I purchased one of their first franchises, which I operated for three years. In 1997, I began Computing for Kids, a computer enrichment program for young children, which operates in local private schools in Southern California. I earned a Master’s degree in educational technology in 2008 and for the past four years, I have served as the technology specialist at a private elementary school, teaching students in grades 1 – 5 in a computer lab setting.

    My goal with this blog is to provide elementary classroom teachers with Internet resources that will enhance their curriculum. Some websites are very simple to integrate into a lesson, and others require a more thorough approach. But there is something for every level of comfort with technology.

    Please let me know what you think!

Internet Safety

Posted by Computing for Kids on September 26, 2010

Every school year, I begin with a unit on Internet Safety.  We use the Internet for everything from doing research for a school paper to posting our work on such sites as Scrapblog and Wordle.    So it is so important for students to understand proper netiquette (Internet etiquette).  Below is a list of appropriate websites for elementary school students that can be used in the classroom to teach Internet Safety.

Welcome to the Web offers a thorough explanation of Internet safety as well as basic Internet knowledge such as navigating websites, using browsers, and search strategies.  It is set up as challenges with a variety of activities that students complete.

iKeep Safe features a cat named Faux Paw (cute isn’t it?) and her Internet adventures. Students will learn basic Internet safety, how to deal with cyber bullying, the risks of downloading, illegal file sharing, and how to maintain a healthy balance between time on and off of the computer.  There are videos, games, printable books, and guided discussion sheets for teachers.

Netsmartz Kids has many cute characters to teach students about Internet safety.  There are games, songs, and videos too.

Safety Land is a city that teaches students about Internet safety.  With the help of your students, the Safety Land hero searches through buildings and answers Internet safety questions to catch the bad guy.

Internet Safety with Professor Garfield has lessons about Internet safety, cyberbullying, and how to distinguish between fact or opinion.  Each section has a video, game, and quiz for students to complete.

Disney’s Surfswell Island is an interactive adventure where Disney characters teach students about Internet safety.

Privacy Playground- The First Adventure of the Three Cyber Pigs teaches students Internet safety using the well known story of the three little pigs.  Students will learn how to navigate websites, identify marketing scams and email spam.

Dongle’s Guide to Be Smart is an interactive quiz about surfing the Internet, email, chat rooms, and playing games on the Internet.

The Carnegie Cyber Academy uses training missions to teach cadets cybersecurity as they earn a unique Gold Badge for completing each training mission.  The four training missions are spam, personal information, website dangers and cyberbulling.

Think U Know Cyber Cafe is a virtual world where students help the characters make the right choices when using email, texting, instant messaging, surfing the web, talking in a chat room, and creating an online personal space.

Captain Kara and Winston’s Smart Adventure has short videos on such topics as what is safe to accept online, what sites are reliable, and meeting someone online.


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