Teaching Online Safety to Kids

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Online security is the process to identify online threats and figuring out ways to avoid these threats. This includes keeping personal information private while avoiding malware and recognizing harmful or illegal content.

Cyber security is crucial for students who are increasingly online. They must be aware of the risks to their security and privacy like cyberbullying and identity theft. They should also be aware that reckless or negligent Internet behavior can have serious consequences. For instance, a New Hampshire politician, for instance, was fired because of inappropriate pictures and posts on social media sites about his opponents.

While shopping, playing or chatting with a friend, there are many things that can be wrong. It’s very easy to click a malicious link in an email, a text message, or an online advertisement, which can infect your device with malware. Once an offensive or embarrassing comment, picture or video is published, it’s nearly impossible to remove it.

Teachers can use a variety engaging activities to help children learn more about the dangers of cyber-safety. Students can create digital cartoons about the dangers of bullying or meet a person they met on the internet in person to spark discussions in the classroom and build critical thinking and media literacy. Similarly, creating a mock news article can be an effective way for students to practice their research and writing skills while learning about cyber safety.

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