Friday, March 17, 2017

Digital Safety at Fuller Meadow

Children are spending time on the Internet at younger and younger ages.  It is important to teach them how to stay safe online and understand how to use the Internet.  At Fuller Meadow, students learn the basics of computers and how to use them to create and learn.  As children visit the online world, they need knowledge of how to do that safely, securely, and responsibly.

There are several programs that we use at Fuller Meadow.  Common Sense Media and Netsmartz are two excellent resources.

This week, students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades had the opportunity to learn about Internet safety and had fun answering questions - game show style.

Essential Questions

What is a ‘digital citizen’?
How is being a citizen of the Internet the same/different than my home town?
What are the implications of digital citizenship in today’s world?

The objectives of this lesson are:

Understand that computers can be used to visit far-away places and learn new things.
Understand that staying safe online is similar to staying safe in the real world.
Describe how to travel safely on the Internet.

We watched "Router's Birthday Surprise" from Netsmatz Kids to help us learn about Internet safety and "netiquette".

Thank you Jacqui Murray, Ask a Tech Teacher for your resources for this lesson.

Visit videos that teach online safety (click the link or Google the name).

Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards

K-2.CAS.a.4 Explain that a password helps protect the privacy of information.
K-2.CAS.a.5 Identify safe and unsafe examples of online communications.
K-2.CAS.a.6 Explain why we keep personal information (e.g., name, location, phone number, home address) private.
K-2.CAS.a.7 Identify which personal information (e.g., user name or real name, school name or home address) should and should not be shared online and with whom.
K-2.CAS.a.8 Explain why it is necessary to report inappropriate electronic content or contact.

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