In today’s digital age, the Internet has become the main way many of us communicate, learn, research, and even meet people. Given all the different social media platforms, there is an ever- growing amount of open communication avenues available to anyone with Internet access. Because of this fact, it is important to be aware of who we, and our children, are interacting with, and what information is being shared. Below are several websites that teach and promote cyber safety to children, parents, and educators.
Cyber Safety Tips From the Government of Canada
To ensure you’re safe on the Internet, you must stay aware. These government websites offer advice for online safety including articles on important safety rules to share with kids, what to watch out for while online, photo sharing, using webcams, and online gaming. Other topics on this site include signs that a child or teen may be experiencing problems online such as bullying or exploitation.
Media Smarts offers free online games to introduce kids to important issues about digital and media literacy. One of the games is called “How cyber- savvy are you?” This quiz tests kids’ knowledge about online security risks they may face each day. Once the 11-question quiz is complete, the correct answers are shown with expanded tips on staying cyber safe. Other games include a digital literacy tutorial for secondary students, a tutorial for basic Internet literacy for students in Grades 4-8, as well as two fun online privacy games aimed at children aged 10 and under.
FBI Cyber Surf Islands
In this game created by the FBI, students travel to distant islands and learn about Internet safety. The game offers different destinations for each grade level beginning from Grade 3 to Grade 8. Once on an island, students visit different areas where they complete mini games such as word searches. After students complete the mini games, they take a quiz to test their knowledge. With great graphics and an educational component, this fun site is a valuable resource for Internet safety.
Designed by the Australian government, Cybersmart is a program that provides information to educate children about how to be safe online. The website is geared towards kids and teens, parents, educators, and other teaching staff. It includes free educational resources on topics such as safety tips, cyber bullying, inappropriate or offensive content, privacy, security, and unwanted contacts. There are fun games and resources broken down by age group, as well as a specific section for parents and schools.
– Some content retrieved from TEACH Magazine, Jan/Feb, 2014