In today's world with technology infusing itself into all aspects of our lives, it becomes increasingly vital to provide our parents and teachers with the tools to help keep our children safe. In January 2009, Illinois lawmakers took steps to help guard our children against those online dangers; the General Assembly amended IL School Code 105 ILCS 5/27-13.3 regarding Internet Safety. Essentially, this amended law mandates each school district to have an Internet Safety curriculum for grades 3 and above in place by the 2009-2010 school year.
The code requires the curriculum to cover topics in the following seven categories:
- Safe and responsible use of social networking websites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and other means of communication on the Internet
- Recognizing, avoiding, and reporting online solicitations of students, their classmates, and their friends by sexual predators
- Risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet
- Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive communications received online
- Recognizing and reporting online harassment and cyber-bullying
- Reporting illegal activities and communications on the Internet
- Copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music, and video
These categories must be taught at least once during each school year. Below we have provided several links regarding internet safety for parents, students, and teachers. Please note that all sites are outside of the district's filtering system. While much care has been taken to ensure the content is safe, Marion CUSD #2 cannot be held responsible for any changes in the online content of the websites.
Connect Safely - website to help parents make safe internet decisions regarding their children.
Filters Information and Review - great reference site!
Grooming - learn how to recognize this and discuss the tactics with your child
Internet Acronyms Every Parent Needs to Know - top 20 acronyms students use in chat rooms plus another 50 acronyms commonly used in texting
Internet Agreement - an alternate version of one from Family Contract
Internet Safety Quiz: How Aware R U? - from IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan's website. Take this quiz to find out how chat-room savvy you are!
Parent's Guide to Internet Safety - suggestions from the FBI to keep kids safe online
Parents on Patrol - created by a senior executive at the National Crime Prevention Council to help parents keep their kids safe online
Safe Kids - website that promotes digital citizenship, online safety and civility
Tips for Parents - from IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan's website
Chat Danger - a site all about the potential dangers of IM, emails, networking, etc.
CyberAngels - a website designed for parents and kids with articles on various computer-related topics
CyberTreehouse - play games and check out safe kid-friendly websites (great for homework research!)
ID the Creep - great game to test your networking IQ!
Internet Safety for Teens - tips regarding chat rooms
Internet Safety Game - an interactive game that is great for kids ages 3-7
Kids Pledge - a contract you sign with your parents regarding what you can and can't do online
NetSmartTeens - comics and videos on cyberbullying and social networking
Online Safety Tips for Teens - from IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan's website
PBS Kid's Internet License - Kids can get their certificate to surf by passing a short quiz
OnGuard Online - OnGuard Online provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology community to help you guard against internet fraud, secure your computers, and protect your privacy.
Federal Trade Commission on Identity Theft - The Federal Trade Commission's website has information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.
Common Sense Media - Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
Net Family News - A nonprofit news service for parents, educators, and policymakers who want to keep up on the latest technology news and commentary about online youth, in the form of a daily blog or weekly email newsletter.
NetSmartz - The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
WiredSafety - WiredSafety provides help, information, and education to internet and mobile device users of all ages.
StaySafeOnline - The National Cyber Security Alliance seeks to create a culture of cybersecurity and safety awareness by providing knowledge and tools to prevent cybercrime and attacks.