Thursday, October 30th, 2014

On August 21, 2008, the Illinois Senate passed legislation amending the school code to require schools serving students in grades 3 and above to provide an Internet safety education curriculum to be taught at least once a year, beginning with the 2009-10 school year.  The focus of this legislation is online safety for children.  This web page will be used by Carlyle CUSD shareholders to educate our students on Internet Safety.

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The unit of instruction or awareness will not be limited to but will include the following:

  1. Safe and responsible use of social networking sites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and other means of communication on the Internet.
  2. Recognizing, avoiding, and reporting on-line solicitations of student, their classmates, and their friends by sexual predators.
  3. Risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet.
  4. Recognizing and reporting on-line harassment and cyber-bullying.
  5. Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive communications received on-line.
  6. Reporting illegal activities and communications on the Internet.
  7. Copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music and video.

Tips to get the most from this website

Please discuss with your students the boxes below based on age group. Tips for Kids should be used for grade school aged students (grades 3-4). Both boxes below can be used for older students. As well as information below, there are PowerPoints that can be used to coincide with discussion.  Parents and teachers feel free to check out additional resources pertaining to Internet Safety.

Click Here for Internet Safety PowerPoint for Grades 3 thru 6

Click Here for Internet Safety PowerPoint for Grades 7 thru 8

Click Here for Internet Safety PowerPoint for Grades 9 thru 12

Click Here for Additional Resources

Click Here if you don't have PowerPoint Application and wish to view above slides



INTERNET SAFETY TIPS FOR KIDS

As a person using the Internet, you have lots of freedom and many options open to you. But more freedom also means more responsibility. While online, please respect other users an respect yourself. Be nice to people online, and do not give out any private information about yourself or your family. To keep you safe, your parents probably have their own guidelines for using the computer at home. It's important to follow those guidelines. Here are some additional tips to help you surf the Web safely.


The following are online safety tips for kids:

  1. Do not give out any personal information such as your address, telephone number, parents' work address/telephone number, or the name or location of your school without your parents' permission.
  2. If you ever encounter something online that you do not understand or that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell a parent right away.
  3. Never get together with someone you meet online without asking your parents' permission first. If a meeting is planned, make sure it is in a public place and bring one or both parents along. Never meet an online "friend" alone.
  4. Do not send any pictures of yourself to anyone without your parents' permission first.
  5. Do not respond to any message that makes you feel uncomfortable. It is not your fault if you get a message like that, and it is okay to tell your parents no matter what it is.
  6. Do not pick screen names that give away personal information.
  7. Obey your parents' rules for computer and online use. Always make sure it is okay before going online.
  8. Remember that people may not be who they say they are online.

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ONLINE SAFETY TIPS
FOR TEENS


Using the Internet is a great way to find information on current events, your favorite hobby, and topics you're researching for school. The Internet also provides a new way to meet people with interests similar to yours. However, when meeting a new "friend" online it is important to remember that people are not always as they seem. As a teen, you most likely feel selfsufficient and capable of identifying danger. However, teens often become victims of Internet abuse-even more so than kids. That does not mean that teens are targeted more often than kids, but that they are sometimes more susceptible to becoming victims. This susceptibility most likely stems from lapses in judgment and common sense that you should always apply while online.


The following are online tips for teens:

  • Uncomfortable Situations. While surfing the Web, reading the news, or chatting, there is a good chance that you could run into material that might make you feel uncomfortable. When surfing the Web or reading the news, the simple solution is to stop and leave that particular site or newsgroup.  In a chat room, if someone sends you a message that makes you feel uncomfortable, you are under no obligation to continue chatting with that person. If repeated messages are sent, then you can always leave the chat area and report that person to the service administrator and your parents. If you don't feel comfortable informing the administrator, ask your parents for help.
  • Physical Danger. The largest risk that you can take online is posting information about who you are and/or where you can be located. Be careful of what you write while online and to whom you write. When you are chatting, you cannot see who is reading your messages; you know only what they tell you, which may be false. Think of chatting as saying something out loud in a crowded room.
  • Financial Danger. The Internet is continuously growing with Internet-only businesses; some are legitimate businesses, but others are not. Giving out any financial information over the Internet can expose you to many types of risk. Be sure to discuss all Internet purchases with a parent.
  • Harassment. In chat rooms, people often intentionally say uncomfortable things specifically to harass people. If you get one of these messages, do not take it personally and do not reply. Replies just encourage the person who is sending the messages. While some messages may just be annoying, others may be criminal. If you receive messages or images that are obscene, lewd, filthy, or indecent with the purpose of annoying, offending, abusing, threatening, or harassing you, report it to your Internet Service Provider (ISP), to your police department or sheriff's office, and to your parents.
  • Accountability for Your Behavior. While online, you should avoid doing things that might hurt people or get yourself into trouble. Do not annoy, harass, offend, abuse, or threaten others while online.
  • Don't Meet Internet Friends. People online can be whoever they want to be, and they are under no obligation to tell the truth about who they are. If you want to meet with someone, discuss it with your parents first and never meet anyone alone.
  • Stay Informed. Find out what your friends from school are doing online and ask about their experiences. Sometimes information about the Internet travels faster by word of mouth than on the Net itself.


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Tips for Parents

The Internet is an exciting tool for people of all ages. Unfortunately, children and teens may run into information and people online that they are not sure how to handle. It is important that you talk with your kids about their Internet use and let them know they can come to you for help. Setting a good example online is also a great way to show your children how to use the Internet responsibly and stay safe.


The following are some online safety tips for parents:

  1. Keep the computer in a room-other than the child's-with frequent foot traffic, so all household members can monitor times of use and material viewed.
  2. Set up agreements and guidelines about the use of the computer.
  3. Understand the functions of the software programs your child uses. If you do not understand these functions, ask your child to teach you.
  4. Be aware of what Internet sites your child is visiting. Investigate blocking or screening services provided by various Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and software programs.
  5. Learn about everyone your child meets online and discuss these relationships with your child.
  6. Spend time online with your child and discuss their online experiences just as you would ask them about their day.

Set a good example for your children with your own Internet use:

  • Do not respond to any threatening or offensive messages and encourage your child to do the same.
  • Never give out any personal information and encourage your child to do the same.

Click HERE to download Parent-Student Internet Agreement.  Always keep it by your computer(s).

Click HERE to download a free content filtering software.