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Internet Safety

The Internet is a wonderful tool which puts the world and all its information at our fingertips. Much of this information has been available for a long time through public library access or other means. Indeed, many of these sites have been in operation for a number of years. However, this ease of access is paving the way for massive growth in Internet-based crime such as identity theft and predators. However, most of these sites also provide an opt-out feature for you to remove or manage what information is available, though it may take some clicking around to locate it. The Kentucky Center for School Safety has compiled information on a number of them and provides a Protecting Your Personal Information: Opt Out procedures flier.

Social networking websites like My Space and Facebook are popular with high school and college students. High levels of privacy need to be set to safeguard personal information.

Internet Safety Training

KCSS Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety training -The KCSS is pleased to offer schools and districts training that will assist them with maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment for all students that includes preventing the victimization of students by cyber bullies. This training will assist your staff with understanding cyber bullying, the emotional and physical threat it poses to the safety of children, how children and teens can avoid risky behaviors, what to do if confronted with cyber bullying on-line, and recommended policies and procedures for schools and districts. For more information or to schedule a training, please call Dan Orman at 502-783-0089 or email

Handouts for Internet Safety  includes… Internet Safety Quiz - Internet Safety: What Can Parents Do - Internet Safety: Parent Brochure - Removing Personal Information - Creating a Safe MySpace Profile – How to Remove a MySpace Profile... (Kentucky Center for School Safety)

Internet Safety for Parents

How to set up parental control restrictions on your iPhone or iPad

KCSS Internet Safety Resources

Internet  Safety Quiz. provides ten questions that have to do with safety on the Internet. If you are using the Internet for research, for social ... (Acrobat PDF Kentucky Center for School Safety)

Handouts for Internet Safety includes… Internet Safety Quiz - Internet Safety: What Can Parents Do - Internet Safety: Parent Brochure - Removing Personal Information - Creating a Safe MySpace Profile – How to Remove a MySpace Profile... (Kentucky Center for School Safety)

Internet Safety Curriculum

Common Sense Media presents classroom curriculum about digital citizenship and online identity.  The curriculum can easily be researched by grades K-12 or by eight internet safety topics.   

Free - Internet Safety Curriculum – NetSmartz resources to help students to be safer online with a free collection of teaching materials for students in grades K-12. This includes videos, lesson plans, games and more.

Internet Safety Resources and Research

“Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online” is a free booklet released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other government agencies to help parents and teachers steer kids safely through the online and mobile-phone worlds.     

Free Internet Safety Presentations - NetSmartz offers multimedia Internet safety presentations tailored for specific audiences — parents and communities, tweens, teens, and younger children. The  presentations utilize the latest statistics, online resources, videos, and expert tips to educate, engage, and empower children and adults to be safer on- and offline. Spanish

Internet Safety Online! Into the Cloud: Season One – NetSmartz for Kids – Be Safe Online! Teaching kids to be safe online. After stepping on a hidden transport tube, Nettie and Webster find themselves lost in a strange new realm on the internet’s “cloud”. They’ll have to put their NetSmartz to the test and find their way home… NetSmartz is NCMEC's online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children be safer online.

Teaching Digital Citizenship is a self-paced online training program for educators sponsored by Club Penguin. This training explains the risks children face online, key lessons and NetSmartz resources for each group. 

Internet Safety …Information and resources for staying safe online. ...  National Crime Prevention Council - This is a site from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that teaches online safety to kids ages 8 to 12 …

NetSmartz Student Project Kit -  This kit helps students in grades 6-12 teach their peers and younger students about topics like cyberbullying, online privacy, and digital ethics.

Kids and Internet Safety - Safety on Screen: Keeping Your Children Safe on the Internet - Better Business Bureau - Today's children spend up to seven and a half hours a day online playing games, doing research for school or using social networking sites. Information and useful resources are included to help keep kids safe online.

Be Internet Awesome includes a  free web-based game called Interland and an educational student curriculum on digital citizenship and safety. Google partnered with Internet Keep Safe Coalition and educators across the country to create a classroom curriculum with lesson plans, activities and worksheets that align with the International Society for Technology in Education’s Standards for Students.  ISTE has awarded these lessons with its Seal of Alignment for Readiness.

FBI Safe Online Surfing - FBI-SOS is a free, fun, and informative program that promotes cyber citizenship by educating students in third to eighth grades on the essentials of online security.

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids Video - Common Sense Media – Sharing photos, posting comments, playing video games -- these are just a few of the ways that kids interact online. But when sharing goes beyond friends and family, it can be risky. Read about privacy and Internet safety and watch this video to learn five Internet safety rules for kids.

23 Great Lesson Plans for Internet Safety - Common Sense Media - The best internet safety lessons recognize the complexity of these topics and help students build the critical-thinking skills and habits of mind to navigate the dilemmas they encounter. Below are the best internet safety lesson plans for students in grades K–12. See the full Common Sense K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum for lesson plans on additional digital citizenship topics.

Kids and Socializing Online – Federal Trade Commission – Consumer Information - Social networking sites, chat rooms, virtual worlds, and blogs are how teens and tweens socialize online; it's important to help your child learn how to navigate these spaces safely. Among the pitfalls that come with online socializing are sharing too much information or posting comments, photos, or videos that can damage a reputation or hurt someone's feelings.  

Bark for Schools - Providing the Tools That Schools Need — Free for all public and private K-12 schools, Bark for Schools includes G Suite and Office 365 student account monitoring, Chrome/Chromebook monitoring, and web content filtering.


Internet Safety - Best Practice for Technology/Acceptable Use Policies

Kentucky Department of Education: Best Practice for Appropriate Use of Technology - Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure; Digital ... It must be understood that any Acceptable Use Policy also extends to: computer hardware ... the Kentucky Department of Education and all public school districts were required to ... ?Guidelines for Creating Acceptable Use Policies, etc.  

Kentucky Department of Education: Guidelines for Creating Acceptable Use Policies   … district adopt an acceptable use policy and require a user agreement form to comply with the policy … and implement an acceptable use policy applicable to every school which conforms to the guidelines  …

Acceptable Use Policy Consideration for Districts- Kentucky K-12  - …school districts are required to establish Acceptable Use Policies (AUP's) for appropriate technology use which ...