Internet Safety, Digital Citizenship, and Media Literacy
Legislation passed in 2016 required the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene an advisory group to identify successful practices and recommend media literacy and digital citizenship improvements statewide.
We recommend this model policy and its procedures document as a good beginning for schools and districts that need to put protections in place related to Internet access. Both models were developed in partnership with the Washington State School Directors Association.
Federal law mandates that schools must educate minors about safe online behavior — cyberbullying awareness/response and social networking. The law requires that schools adopt and practice policy that integrates Internet safety into curriculum. We encourage school administrators to take a look at the high-quality Internet safety programs listed below:
Covers the basics of cyberbullying and online safety, and provides in-depth training materials that work for self- or group study. Here are two good presentations that outline the basics. Cyberbullying – What Is It | Cyberbullying – It’s Not About Technology. Much more on the Safety Center site.
Presentations, workshops, and online resources for kids, teens, parents, and educators. Bookmark the site, which enjoys regular updates with new materials and media. NetSafe Utah has a direct focus on content that will help schools meet CIPA requirements.
NetSmartz Workshop is a popular educational program run by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®. Look for age-appropriate materials teachers and parents can use to teach kids how to be safer online and offline. Designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement, NetSmartz resources include videos, games, activity cards, and presentations.
Presented by the National Cyber Security Alliance to empower a safer digital world.