How to Teach Internet Safety in K-6
Posted: June 14, 2012 in classroom management, K-5 Tech training, lesson plans, Parent resources, tech security, web
Tags: internet, internet safety, internet security
The Internet is a wonderful resource for kids for researching school reports, communicating with teachers, staying in touch with friends, and entertaining themselves. They can literally hit a few keystrokes and find out about culture in China, the history of Europe, or take a tour of the American White House.
But with that access comes risks, even if you’re careful. For example, in our class project on life cycles, we never allow the students to search “chicks”, rather they must type “baby chickens” to avoid the problems the former carries.
The digital natives we are educating don’t want to hide from these sorts of problems, though. They want to learn to manage them. What we as teachers must do is show them how to avoid the internet’s bad neighborhoods so they can benefit from the good. Here’s my year-by-year teaching run-down:
Thank you for all of your suggestions to teach internet safety while in school to grades K-6. I see that your lesson plan for sixth grade can also be applied to teens. What other suggestions do you have for older students?
Internet safety is a huge issue in today’s society, especially with so many schools converting to a 1 to 1 initiative, where every student receives a laptop. Safety should be taught at school, but my concern is their internet safety at home. How do we prepare students for some of things on the internet? Does this come with educating parents too? Many times at home, students are not monitored on the computer. How do we prevent these students from being corrupted with some of the ridiculous things posted on the internet?
What attitudes, skills, and concepts have you gained from participating in the course so far?
I have had many experiences with Wiki’s in the past, but I have never been so involved with editing them and totally integrating myself in the use of them. This is definitely a skill that I have gained from participating in this course so far.
I have only taken two online classes previous to this one, and have not had to discuss with others or work with others through those experiences. The experience in this class so far as allowed me to go out of my comfort zone and work with people I do not know and will not meet. It has been a great experience so far that has pushed me to be more interactive with an online class than I have in the past.
What have you learned in the course that you will not forget tomorrow?
I have learned the usefulness of diigo.com. While I found it difficult to figure out at first, throughout the process of making a webliography, I have learned this is a great resource for finding different ideas and resources online. Instead of just bookmarking a website and then later forgetting why I bookmarked it, I am able to write a description of why I wanted to remember it.
I have also learned about blogs. While I have heard my students talking about their blogs all of the time, I was always unsure what I would use them for as well as how to create one. I now know that I am able to incorporate this into my classroom next year for my students to use.
How will you apply what you have learned to your teaching and future learning?
I work in a middle school in Bloomington Illinois and am our team webmaster. Before this class I really had no idea what I was doing. I now have created a new website for my team and will be creating a Wiki for my classroom. This class has allowed me so far to become more comfortable with technology and the use of unknown technology. The easiest thing to do is dive in and try!