Parents might research a prospective new car, make travel arrangements – using the Internet to secure information. Their children, on the other hand, use it to do their homework while simultaneously using IM and social networks to keep in touch with friends. In the end, no one needs to be frightened of the Internet, as long as children become skilled at avoiding the “shadowy corners.”
||Since the arrival of the Internet, the number and diversity of pages has increased greatly over the years. In earlier times, all we had were text based pages to read. Now we have media-rich sites to browse and interact with that fill multiple senses and engage our minds.|
Communication has always been a critical component of the Internet. Previously, the World Wide Web was all about browsing through pages of information to research projects for school and work and using electronic mail to send "instant" messages to our friends, and colleagues. Now we have actual instant or real-time communication through Instant Messaging (IM), bulletin boards, wikis, blogs, podcasting, and other communication tools encompassed by the Web 2.0.
However, the reality is that there are features of Internet use that require caution. Learning how to avoid its shadowy corners is an essential skill our children must develop to navigate for their schoolwork and beyond. Adults also need to recognize that the Internet their children explore can be very different than their experiences on the "net."
Resources for Teachers and School Administrators
Resources for Parents
Resources for Students
Newspaper Articles on Cybersafety
eSchool News: Carnegie Mellon University will use a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to create and distribute web safety advice to faculty, teachers, and students in K-12 schools and on college campuses.
eSchool News: The report, titled 'PointSmart.ClickSafe: Task Force Recommendations for Best Practices for Online Safety and Literacy' identifies best practices and outlines areas where government can help to increase cyber security and safety.
Education Week: A team of educators, media company officials, policymakers, and public health experts recommends that businesses provide resources and information to parents and children about online safety.
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