We all know that the internet can be a very scary place if someone is not properly educated on how to look out for creeps and thieves, protect yourself and your information, and to not be naive to the potential dangers. In attempt to solve the problem of under-educated students on the web is to educate them. Teachers around the country have made great headway to make sure that these students are able to protect themselves.
“Educating children about being safe online is as fundamentally important as teaching them how to cross the road, says head of online child abuse charity, and parents must be aware of this from birth”. -D.A.R.E
While searching the web, I found great resources that are available to anyone and for free. The federal trade commission is supporting this solution by providing free publications to educators on topics such as scams, privacy, identity, online safety and security and more. And yes I did say FREE! They don’t even charge you for shipping and handling. Click here to access the website
“Internet Safety 101SM is a multi-media Internet safety resource designed to educate, equip and empower parents, educators and other adults with the knowledge and resources needed to protect children from Internet dangers including pornography, predators, cyberbullies and threats related to online gaming, social networking and mobile devices”. – InternetSafety101.org
Not only is it important for our schools to educate these children early on, but it is even more important for parents, aunts, and uncles to educate these children as well. Children should feel comfortable talking about some of the things they see on the web. When I was growing up, my mom didn’t and still doesn’t know anything about the internet. She never knew what threats I would be exposed to by not having adequate training.
According to the Faculty of Education, Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University located in Maha Sarakham, Thailand, “people live in a technology and media-suffused environment with: (1) access to an abundance of information, (2) rapid changes in technology tools, and (3) the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. To be effective in the 21st century, citizens and workers must be able to create, evaluate, and effectively utilize information, media, and technology”.
There is a significant difference in the work ethic in today’s society that set employees apart from one another by the way they are able to use the internet and applications. Employees who are well training with computers can work faster, more efficiently, and are learn very quickly. Therefore, not only is it beneficial to children as they make their way through grade school but will ultimately benefit them in their careers as well.
D.A.R.E (2017) Internet Safety ‘Teaching Children Online Safety ‘As Important as Crossing The Road’, Says Marie Collins Foundation’. Retrieved by: https://www.dare.org/teaching-children-online-safety-as-important-as-crossing-the-road-says-marie-collins-foundation/
Faculty of Education, Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University, Maha Sarakham, Thailand. (2017) International Journal of Science and Technology ‘Educational Research Thailand’s classroom learning practices in secondary level: Are we ready for learning in the 21st-Century?’ Retrieved from: http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/IJSTER/article-full-text-pdf/E561C4B63532
Internet Safety 101 (2017) Retrieved by: https://internetsafety101.org/internetsafety101