Working together, families can help ensure that the Internet is used appropriately as a valuable educational tool by our children.
We work with staff to raise the profile of appropriate Internet use with students. The district requires all students and their legal guardians to review and sign a policy for acceptable Internet use when accessing the Internet from the district’s network. A filtering system is also in place that blocks access to websites identified as unsuitable for student use. In addition, our staff reviews Internet safety tips with students on an ongoing basis throughout the school year. Following are resources that provide useful information pertaining to safe and responsible online practices:
- Alberta Education offers general strategies to help teachers reduce the risks associated with students’ Internet use. Calgary Catholic teachers are made aware of this resource.
- Antivirus Software offers information provided by ConsumerAffairs – a consumer news and advocacy organization. It provides reviews of the best anti-virus programs, as well as additional information about their pricing, warranty and history.
- Bad Guy Patrol was created by Alberta Children’s Services and Microsoft specifically for children aged 5 to 10. The website guides children through a series of educational games that teach them about protecting personal information and that people may not always be who they say they are online.
- Be Web Aware is a national public education program on Internet safety. Its objective is to ensure young Canadians benefit from the Internet, while being safe and responsible in their online activities.
- Calgary Police Service Crime Prevention Unit has developed an Internet safety presentation aimed at computer users of all ages. This presentation has been recognized as a “best practices model” by the International Society of Policing Cyberspace. The site also offers a series of streaming videos about Internet safety.
- Cybertip is Canada’s national tip line for reporting online abuse.
- GetNetWise is brought to you by a wide range of Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be only “one click away” from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their family’s use of the Internet.
- Internet Savvy Training is an Internet training guide developed by the Alberta Government to help kids safely use the Internet and to understand the challenges involved.
- Internet 101 is intended to be a “gateway” to existing websites and a collection of presentations, safety tips and other resources contributed by educational partners for the benefit of parents, teachers and police across Canada.
- Kids in the Know is a safety curriculum designed to empower children and reduce their risk of victimization. The program uses an inclusive, community-based approach to heighten safety awareness.
- Zoe and Molly Online is a comic book created to supplement the Kids in the Know Program. It has been created for Grade 4 students to address risks associated with children sharing personal information and sending pictures online.
- Media Awareness Network offers resources and support for parents interested in media and Internet literacy for young people. It also includes practical tips to help parents manage media in the home.
- NetSmartz provides online resources for parents and guardians and has an interactive NetSmartz Kids site that teaches Internet safety to children.
- NetSmartz411 is an online service provided by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to answer questions about Internet safety, computers, and the Web.
- SafeKids.com is a family’s guide to making the Internet safe, fun and productive.
- YouthLink is maintained by the Calgary Police Service Interpretive Centre, which educates youth about crime and its consequences, and demonstrates how fulfilling tomorrows are built on sound lifestyle choices today. The site includes a Parents section with precautions that not only help safeguard our kids, but instill a positive attitude about the Internet. There is also a Kid Zone section on the site.
- Microsoft’s website contains a How to Tell section that allows consumers to determine if their software is genuine.
- Net Nanny is a filtering tool that allows parents to determine and control what Internet content enters the home. Their website also contains safety information.