Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Revisiting Online Safety

It is always good to revisit online safety several times during a school year. Kelly Tenkely's blog ILearn Technology reminded me today of a website full of lessons that will engage students with online safety lessons. This website is iKeepSafe and as I reread a blog post that she wrote in the past, I remembered how "rich" this website is in great resources for kids, parents, and teachers. Quoting from this post, Kelly states: There are videos, downloadable and printable books, and games for kids. All are centered on teaching kids to be safe online. There are free guided discussion sheets for you to go through with your students, quizzes, coloring pages, etc. This program is the perfect way to introduce Internet safety in your elementary classroom without worrying that the content is too mature for your audience.
Today, her blog invited us to visit the newest video and downloadable book that is featured on iKeepSafe. It is called Fauz Paw and the Dangerous Download. Faux Paw is a Techno Cat who learns the hard way that downloading a file or music may lead to trouble. Much is learned about the legality of downoading and file sharing, but within the appropriate level for elementary students. Very well done!

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