INTERNET SAFETY CURRICULUM BACKGROUND

Public Act 095-0869 requires all students in the State of Illinois in grades 3 through 12 be provided instruction about Internet Safety. As a result of this recent legislation, District 186 technology staff developed a grade specific Internet safety curriculum to be implemented beginning 2010. This curriculum addresses seven domains of Internet safety as set forth by the State of Illinois. The curriculum developed by district technology staff is flexible enough to allow schools within the district to choose when and how to teach the lessons, yet consistent enough to ensure all students receive the same knowledge and skills across grade levels. Technology staff will continue to update Internet safety resources, so check back often.

Digital Citizenship

Internet safety is part of the digital citizenship conversation with students. It is an ongoing conversation, not a one time discussion. Use these grade level specific lessons during the year, but also establish a solid ground work with the following essential parts of a healthy and productive digital citizenship.

Acceptable Use Policy
The district's acceptable use policy is the cornerstone, but each classroom should also maintain a strong technology leadership as part of their classroom management. For example; what are the consequences of off-task behavior? What are the guidelines of digital communication on a school device?

Online Privacy and Personal Identity
Remember everything that is online is not private. Older students will want to begin constructing their personal online identity and be aware that what they post reflects on their attitudes.

Digital Etiquette
Establishing appropriate responses to blogs, and when to post information. Who's information as well as taking photographs.

Correlation of Internet Safety Standards and Digital Citizen ISTE Standard

This table represents the connection between the Internet Safety Domains and the ISTE Digital Citizen standard.

Internet Safety DomainDigital Citizen Standard

(1) Safe and responsible use of social networking websites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and other means of communication on the Internet.

(2a) Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the performance of their actions in the digital world.

(2) Recognizing, avoiding, and reporting online solicitations of students, their classmates, and their friends by sexual predators.

(2b) Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

(3) Risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet.

(2d) Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.

(4) Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive communications received online.

(2d) Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.

(5) Recognizing and reporting online harassment and cyber-bullying.

(2b) Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

(6) Reporting illegal activities and communications on the Internet.

(2b) Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

(7) Copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music, and video.

(2c) Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.