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Internet Safety

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Thank you for such a great lesson! I feel it is important to review how to navigate the internet safely each year. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful lesson that can be modified to use in any grade level. I will definitely use your lesson in the upcoming school year.

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

Practice is so important! It

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Practice is so important! It took me a month to teach my 5th & 6th graders the difference between commenting and IM-ing. They would type "hi" and sit back and wonder why the person hadn't responded! Thankfully, Linda Yollis has a great video on writing quality comments. We also had to learn about how to talk to people when we couldn't see them. Such important skills!

Internet Safety Mandate

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Mary Beth, now that those of us getting e-rate funds are federally mandated to teach Internet safety K-12, I really appreciate you writing this post and giving me a sample of what an Internet Safety lesson should look like. I have been using the original two Faux Paw the Techno Cat videos from ikeepsake.org and the younger kids love them! However, I wanted something with a little more meat for next year as everyone moves up a grade. BrainPop is a great resource and it will be a great start in helping me expand my Internet Safety lessons in the next school year. I also plan to use Edmodo with older students so they can practice, not just be a bystander, Internet safety live!

I am a kindergarten teacher from Bloomington, Illinois

An Important Issue

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Mary Beth- I agree that as in real life "stranger danger" regarding technology is also an important issue to address with young students. So far, I have used technology in the classroom on the Smart Board to teach lessons, in literacy centers for educational games, for reading intervention, etc. As I learn more about the uses of educational technology (blogs, wikis, twitter) I would like to incorporate these into my instruction. Therefore, internet safety is critical. Thank you for the example lesson. It will be a great start in helping me teach my students to use the internet safely. You take a very simple, logical approach and I think the students will quickly catch on!

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

Tammy I'm so glad you

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Tammy I'm so glad you mentioned Garfield & learninglab.org! I don't know how I left that one out since I use it every year! I agree that June is an unfortunate month for Internet Safety. The logical month is September, and I seem to remember that it used to be at the beginning of the school year. I wonder why the change was made.

Digital Citizenship

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Well rounded selection of Resources for Digital Citizenship. It is unfortunate that internet Safety Month is in June. Many districts are on Summer Vacation. Lots a great resources here for parents, teachers, and students. Garfield CyberBullying- learninglab.org, and Welcome to the Web- teachingideas.co.uk/welcome/start.htm are two great resources for teaching internet safety to elementary school students. Garfield is also available as a free app on the iPad- great for elementary students part of a 1:1 initiative.

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