Internet Safety

As specified under Illinois School Code Section 5, “beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, a school district must incorporate into the school curriculum a component on Internet safety to be taught at least once each school year to students in grade 3 and above.” (Public Act 095-0869)

For the past few weeks your third, fourth or fifth grade student has been participating in discussions on Internet Safety including cyber bullying. It is our hope that these discussions will continue at home. Additional materials and support for parents and students can be found at and also on our district website at

The following tips and discussion ideas are taken from the netsmartz website. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Mrs. Sprague

Learning the Basics of Internet Safety

Children use a variety of online services, and each of these services can have different safety concerns.
However, there are some basic tips which you can employ no matter how your children use the Internet.
  • Keep the computer in a high-traffic area of your home.
  • Establish limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long.
  • Remember that Internet technology can be mobile, and make sure to monitor cell phones, gaming devices, and laptops.
  • Surf the Internet with your children and let them show you what they like to do online.
  • Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.
  • Continually dialogue with your children about online safety.

Discussion Starters:
Start a discussion with your child
  • What are your favorite things to do online?
  • What is personal information? Why should you keep it private?
  • What could you do to be safer online?
  • What would you do if anyone online asked to