Internet Safety Information and Resources
Internet Safety Act
This is the latest version of the Public Act 095-0869 amendment to the Illinois School Code that addresses the Internet safety education curriculum requirements. Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year it requires Internet safety to be taught at least once each school year to all students in grade 3 or above, with the scope and duration of the unit to be determined by the school board.
Seven topics identified as needing to be addressed are:
- Safe & responsible use of social networking websites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and other means of communication on the Internet.
- Recognizing, avoiding, and reporting online solicitations of students, their classmates, and their friends by sexual predators.
- Risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet.
- Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive communications received online.
- Recognizing and reporting online harassment and cyber-bullying.
- Reporting illegal activities and communications on the Internet.
- Copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music, and video.
Helpful Websites for Students and Parents:
WiredSafety is a worldwide organization comprised totally of volunteers that provides assistance for online victims of cybercrime and harassment; education for children, educators, and parents; and information on all aspects of online safety, privacy, responsible use, and security. http://www.wiredsafety.org/
The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors and/or first spouses, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement, and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online. iKeepSafe® uses these unique partnerships to disseminate safety resources to families worldwide. http://www.ikeepsafe.org/
iKeepSafe Resources for Elementary Grades
Through the storybook adventures of Internet safety icon, Faux Paw the Techno Cat®, elementary school children learn about:
Internet safety basics
How to handle cyber-bullying
Balancing real life with screen time
The risks and dangers of downloading
Point Smart, Click Safe
Task force recommendations for best practices for online safety.
- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Kids’ Page
- Illinois Attorney General – Safe Guarding Children Internet Safety "Illinois Attorney General Madigan Offers New Internet Safety Initiative as Students Head Back to School"
- Illinois State Police Internet Crimes Unit
- The Illinois State Police will do school assemblies for any grade. Contact your local area State Police Office.
- Ready Illinois - Before an Emergency - Cyber Safety
- Cyberbully Help
- Cyber Crime
- Cyber Tipline
- Guidelines and Resources for Internet Safety in Schools
Developed by the Virginia Department of Education Division of Technology and Career Education
- Kids' Privacy
- National Criminal Justice Service
- Net SmartzTeens
- New eBook—Keeping Students Safe Online(registration required)
- Kids Socializing Online Guide
- PTA Organization Internet Safety
- Web Wise Kids