Monday, July 9, 2007

Internet Literacy and Student Safety

Internet Literacy and Student Safety

A look at the many websites young students and teens explore to better understand the darker side of the Internet. This workshop will help us establish safer learning enviorments so that students can electronically seeking information and communication.

July 9, July 12, July 13

The following are some of the websites we looked at in this class. All of the iSafe Training material can be obtained from iSafe or via the BlackBoard Training Classroom, - i-SAFE Inc. is the worldwide leader in Internet safety education. Founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress, i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth everywhere. i-SAFE incorporates classroom curriculum with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the Internet a safer place. Please join us today in the fight to safeguard our children’s online experience. - The Internet Keep Safe Coalition group teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents, reaching them online and in school. Governors and/or first spouses formed this coalition in partnership with a growing list of crime prevention organizations, law enforcement agencies, foundations and corporate sponsors. - Educator Materials - NetSmartz411 is parents' and guardians' premier, online resource for answering questions about Internet safety, computers, and the Web. It has many educator and teen resources.

Federal Trade Commission —
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC manages, which provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

GetNetWise —
GetNetWise is a public service sponsored by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be just “one click away” from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family’s use of the Internet.

National Crime Prevention Council —;
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to enable people to create safer and more caring communities by addressing the causes of crime and violence and reducing the opportunities for crime to occur. Among many crime prevention issues, NCPC addresses Internet Safety with kids and parents through and public service advertising under the National Citizens’ Crime Prevention Campaign — symbolized by McGruff the Crime Dog® and his “Take A Bite Out Of Crime®.”

National Cyber Security Alliance —
NCSA is a non-profit organization that provides tools and resources to empower home users, small businesses, and schools, colleges, and universities to stay safe online. A public-private partnership, NCSA members include the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Trade Commission, and many private-sector corporations and organizations.

staysafe — is an educational site intended to help consumers understand both the positive aspects of the Internet as well as how to manage a variety of safety and security issues that exist online.

Wired Safety — is an Internet safety and help group. Comprised of unpaid volunteers around the world, provides education, assistance, and awareness on all aspects of cybercrime and abuse, privacy, security, and responsible technology use. It is also the parent group of, FBI-trained teens and preteens who promote Internet safety.

Some common Online IM Acronyms:

143: I love you
ASL: age/sex/location
BF: boyfriend
BRB: be right back
BTW: by the way
F2f: face to face
GF: girlfriend
IDK: I don’t know
IMO: in my opinion
IRL: in real life
JK: just kidding
K: okay
KIT: keep in touch
LDR: long distance relationship
LMIRL: let’s meet in real life
LOL: laughing out loud
M/F: male or female
N/P: no problem
NTK: nice to know
OMG: oh my god
OTP: on the phone
P911: my parents are coming
PAL: parents are listening
PAW: parents are watching
PDA: public display of affection
PIR: parent in room
POS: parent over shoulder
PPL: people
S2R: send to receive
ROFL: rolling on floor laughing
THX: thanks
TTYL: talk to you later
TY: thank you
WT? what the
WTG: way to go
9/99: Parent in room/Parent gone = List of even more common online IM acronyms used by our teens.

Some well-known social networking websites include: - giving myspace competition With over 20 Million daily users, this South Korean social network is emerging as a strong model for the future of social networks. - British - Popular with college Students - XuQa represents the other end of the spectrum in college networking - it is purposefully rac and full of game-like features. - geared towards junior high - High School Target Audience - middle and high school - new created this year, based on myspace philosophy, but this time for artists rather than musicians. - recently acquired by NBC and is aimed at young adults. - college students Kids, tweens, and teens - Kids - uses the cell phone - Teen NEW New - not out yet - kid, tween, teen - kid -kid - kid -kid - tween - teen - teen from England - teen from Sweeden - chat -teen - teen - kid and teen - teen - teen - teen - Kid - kid 4-17 years old - teen - teen - young adult

Mobile Networks:;jsessionid=0499233CB01D631EE4C50D62D0B4D425

Virtual Pets -

Kids and Virtual Worlds:
Virtual World for Kids:
Play Sites Offer Safe Fun -
Are Virtual World the Future of Our Classrooms?
Kids Socialize in Virtual Worlds as Avatars:

1 comment:

Scotsman said...

Mss Brooks, as you list my website as a teen chat site, which is only a very small part of what we're trying to do, we really should talk. If you would contact me please via

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