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Internet Safety & Digital Citizenship Resources

Internet Safety : General Resources 

  • i-SAFE: i-SAFE is 'designed to provide schools and district with curriculum materials and learning platforms and tools for equipping students with critical thinking and decision-making skills they need to be safe, responsible and technologically proficident cyber citizens in today's global society and economy.'
  • CT.gov Cybersafe: CT.gov Cybersafe is a resource created to help residents learn more aboutsing the internet safely and responsibly.
  • Stay Safe Online: The mission of the National Cybersecurity Allliance is to educate and empower a digial society to use the internet safely and securely at home, work and school, protecting the technology individuals use and the networks they connect to. 
  •  Keep Kids Safer on the Internet: Tips for Parents and Guardians: published by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • CyberTipline:Led by the FBI: CyberTipline recieves tips about internet crimes against children
  • A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety: Downloadable brochure on Internet Safety published by the FBI 
  • NetSmartzParents: NetSmartzParents provides a variety of resources for promoting children's safe and responsible use of the internet and digital devices. Parents can read issues on cell phones, cyberbullying, gaming, identity theft,internet safety, social networking and much more. Parents and guardians can accesss videos and presentations about keeping their children safe in the digital world. 
  • Planet Nutshell:Planet Nutshell has animated videos on specific topics of digital citzenship as as discussion starters. They are divided into grade level categories of K-3, 4-6, and 7-12. To access the videos make sure you are in the NetSafe tab of Planet Nutshell. 

Kid-Friendly Search Engines

  • Sweet Search  is a search engine that searches only sites that have been reviewed and approved by a team of librarians, teachers, and research experts, it includes over 35,000 websites that have been reviewed by Sweet Search. 
  • KidRex is a kid-safe search engine powered by Google custome search. KidRex combines Google's safe search mode and their own database of filtered keywords, phrases, and websites. 
  • Ask Kids is the kid-friendly, kid safe version of the popular search engine Ask.com. Ask Kids is divided into five categories where there is a a general search option that can be refined based on a student's age. 
  • Safe Search Kids: Powered by Google, the search box searches the entire web with 'safe search' filtering. 

For Teachers

(please also visit resources for teens and kids) 

ResourceGrade Level(s)
Digital Passport: Supported by Common Sense Media, Digital Passport is an interactive, fun way to teach and test the basics ofdigital citizenship including protecting personal information, conducting safe searches, and device etiquette. Teachers can create unique student logins, access lessons, videos, interactive games, download supplemental activities and track student progress. 3-5
K-12 Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum: Supprted by Common Sense Media, this curriculum is designed to 'empower students to think critically, behave safely and participate responsbily in our digital world.' There is an interactive scope and sequence to find lessons that are a good fit for your classroom.   K-12
NetSmartzEducators: NetSmartzEducators contains resources for educating students about Internet Safety, changing technologies and making responsible decisions online. This site contains a downloadable Online Safety Kits, teaching materials and presentations. 1-12
Google Digital Literacy & Citzenship Curriculum: Created by Google lessons provide an opportunity for students to think critically and evaluate online sources, understand how to protect themselves online threats and to think before they share and be good digital citizens. 5-12
Planet Nutshell:Planet Nutshell has animated videos on specific topics of digital citzenship as as discussion starters. They are divided into grade level categories of K-3, 4-6, and 7-12. To access the videos make sure you are in the NetSafe tab of Planet Nutshell. K-12

For Teens

ResourcesGrade Level(s)
NetSmartzTeens: NetSmartzTeens provides an interactive resources for how to deal with the Internet including cyberbullies, privacy settings, gossip and unwanted online contact. These resources can help you navigate the Internet while guarding your reputation. 7-12
NetSmartzTweens: NetSmartz Tweens will help children between the 10-13 years old make safer choices online. Through watching videos, playing interactive games, and creating comics. Tweens can learn now to make safe decisions online. 4-6
FBI Cyber Surf Islands : Visit all of the characters on the island to learn how to surf the Internet safely. Complete all of the lessons and click on the exam balloon to take the Internet Challenge.6-8

For Kids

ResourcesGrade Level(s)
NetSmartzKids: NetSmartzKids is an interactive way of teaching young people how to recognize the dangers and increase self-confidence whenever they go online. It includes games, videos, and other adventure activities.  1-3
CyberBee Copyright: Use CyberBee Copyright to answer your questions about copyright and whether you have the right to use information, pictures, video and music.  1-5
FBI Cyber Surf Islands: Visit all of the characters on the island to learn how to surf the Internet safely. Complete all of the lessons and click on the exam balloon to take the Internet Challege 3-5
Webonauts Internet Academy: Powered by PBS Kids, this intearctive web-based resource teaches what it means to be a citizen in a 'web-infused, information-rich world. 3-5

Copyright-Friendly Images

If you are using images from the Internet for project work, it is important to only use pictures that you have permission to use. When searching for images, including photos, drawings, or clipart, you should only use images in which you were given permission to use.You will know you have permission to use pictures if the pictures are labeled with phrases such as 'free to use and share' or 'labeled for reuse.'  You should always given credit to where you found your images. Below are sugested websites for locating images that you have been given permission to use, be sure to cite them in your work. (resources gathered from FreeTech4Teachers, by Richard Byrne) 
Pics4LearningPics4Learning is 'a safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, websites, videos, portfolios, or any project in an educational setting.' 
Google Images (Advanced Settings: Usage Right) You can find images to use via Google Images by changing the search options in Google's Advanced Image search options. To use theses search options go to Google Images, then click SETTINGS and choose ADVANCED SEARCH, from the ADVANCED SEARCH window scroll down to USAGE RIGHTS and select FREE TO USE OR SHARE. Once this setting is set click ADVANCED SEARCH to start searching for images. 
 The World Images Kiosk The World Images database provides access to 100,000 images, organized into 900 portfolios that include historical sculptures, artwork and artifacts from all over the world. 
ClipArtEtcClipArt Etc. provides 66,902 pieces of free clipart. This copyright-friendly site allows teachers and students to use up to 50 educational clipart items in 'a single, non-commercial project.'


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