Child Internet Safety Information

Child Safety Websites

This brief collection of web resources is designed to provide parents, students, and educators with a place to start learning more about protecting yourself, your privacy, your computer, and your family. There is a description provided for each site.

External LinkTips for keeping your kids safe online
There are an unfathomable amount of sites and apps you don't want your kid to see. Managing your child's online activity can seem like a daunting task. Now, it's easier than ever thanks to intelligent new products, handy software and built-in safety settings. Here are just a few ways to help establish a kid-friendly network

External LinkParents' Guide for Safe YouTube and Internet Streaming for Kids
You work hard to keep your children safe from so many different dangers, but every day they are exposed to countless threats online. Predators, disturbing content, identity theft attempts, and other things you wouldn’t let them experience in real life are all waiting for them.

External LinkGet Net Wise
GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be just "one click away" from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their family's use of the Internet.

External LinkStaySafeOnline.org
NCSA's mission is to educate and therefore empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at home, work, and school, protecting the technology individuals use, the networks they connect to, and our shared digital assets.

External LinkMedia and Technology Resources for Educators
Common Sense Media offers this FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum to help educators empower their students and their school communities to be safe, responsible, and savvy as they navigate this fast-paced digital world.

External LinkParent Media and Technology Education Program
Parents are very concerned about their children's digital lives. Our FREE Parent Media and Technology Education Program lets you become their go-to advisor on this hot topic. With this program, Common Sense Media provides you with online access to videos, discussion guides, tip sheets, and presentations to share with parents. You easily reinforce classroom learning with in-home messages.

External LinkOnGuard Online.gov
OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.

External LinkMichigan Cyber Safety Initiative
The Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (Michigan CSI) is an Internet safety education program with customized presentations for kindergarten through eighth-grade students and a community seminar.

Sites for Parents & Students

Internet Resources

The links in the list below provide you with access to a variety of websites that will be useful and sometimes entertaining to parents, students, and educators. There is a description provided for each site.

External LinkKhan Academy
Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 315 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

External Link Purplemath
Need help with algebra? You've found the right place!

External LinkHomework Spot
HomeworkSpot.com is a free homework information portal that features the very best K-12 homework-related sites together with engaging editorial in one high-utility, educational spot. With the help of students, parents and teachers, our team of educators, librarians and journalists has scoured the Web to bring you the best resources for English, math, science, history, art, music, technology, foreign language, college prep, health, life skills, extracurricular activities and much more.

External LinkGoogle Earth
Google Earth is a download offered by the Google search engine that is a globe that sits inside your PC. You point and zoom to anyplace on the planet that you want to explore.

External LinkHow Stuff Works
HowStuffWorks is an online source for clear, unbiased, reliable explanations of how everything actually works. This is a great site for children and adults who always ask why!

External LinkMath Manipulatives
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis).

External LinkMichigan eLibrary
MeL is the Michigan eLibrary, an anywhere, any time library for Michigan residents.

External LinkInternet 4 Classrooms
This site offers links to software tutorials, Assessment Assistance, and helpful K12 Links.

External LinkOne-Look Dictionary
This web site as a search engine for words and phrases: If you have a word for which you'd like a definition or translation, it will quickly shuttle you to the web-based dictionaries that define or translate that word.

Discovery School

External LinkStudent Resources - Discovery Education offers free student resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom. We invite you to take a look at our interactive games, videos, contests, virtual labs and activities designed to help you dive deeper into a topic —and have fun too!

External LinkTeacher's Resources - Discovery Education offers a broad range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell.

External LinkOpen Office
Open Office is open source software that you can use use to interact with Microsoft Office and its programs. Open source means that you can download and use the programs at no cost.

External LinkStory Place: The Children's Digital Library
A digital library, Story Place has stories and activities for preschool and elementary students.

External Link Enchanted Learning
This sites offers activities, printable stories, maps, and a wealth of other materials to be enjoyed by elementary students.

External LinkBen's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works.

External LinkStoryline Online
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is proud to bring you Storyline Online, an on-line streaming video program featuring SAG members reading children's books aloud! Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas.

External LinkFREE - Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
FREE makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government. More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly.

External LinkHomework Help
Students - is homework getting you down? UEN is here to help. Check out this great collection of online resources and tutorials.

National Geographic Education


Our redesigned beta website, External LinkNatGeoEd.org, offers an expanded and updated library of National Geographic's popular education content, highlighting our iconic media and expert resources aligned with education standards. This beta site is just the first phase of a next-generation website with a wide range of free educational resources that bring geography, science, and social studies to life for educators, learners, and their families.

External LinkMy Child's Academic Success - Helping Your Child Series
The Helping Your Child publication series aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life. These booklets feature practical lessons and activities to help their school-aged and preschool children master reading, understand the value of homework and develop the skills and values necessary to achieve and grow.

External Link KizClub
KIZCLUB provides lots of educational activities in language arts for preschool and elementary age children. If you are a teacher, use the materials as your teaching resources. Parents may also print this out for their child to do.

External Link E-Learning for Kids
E-Learning for Kids is a global, nonprofit foundation dedicated to fun and free learning on the Internet for children ages 5 - 12. We offer free, best-in-class courseware in math, science, reading and keyboarding; and we’re building a community for parents and educators to share innovations and insights in childhood education.

 

Social Media Etiquette

Overview

Social Media can be a lot of fun. It's rewarding to share your thoughts and experiences with others around the world and to those you are close to. When used inappropriately, however, social media opens the door to all kinds of negative attention and even dangerous circumstances. 

Here at Wayne-Westland Community Schools, we want all of our students to use the following best practices when engaging with others online. To make this simple we've created a Do's and Don't list for how social media should be used.

Do's

 

  • DO think about how you present yourself online. Would you be comfortable having your parents, teachers, and even future employers seeing what you post, share, or comment on? Whether you like it or not, you are creating a personal image from the content you decide to display on your wall, feed, or page. What you post online is public, so even people you don't yet know may see it one day.
     
  • Do know who can access your personal information. While you may be able to decide what parts of your profile others can access, assume everything is public. Sometimes "private" means everyone can see what's on your profile, but only your friends can post comments or contact you.
     
  • DO trust your instincts if something doesn't feel or look right. If there is something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, talk to a trusted adult about it.
     
  • DO be nice online. Or at least treat people the way you’d want to be treated. People who are nasty and aggressive online are at greater risk of being bullied or harassed themselves.
     
  • DO read between the “lines.” It may be fun to check out new people for friendship or romance, but be aware that, while some people are nice, others act nice because they’re trying to get something. Flattering or supportive messages may be more about manipulation than friendship or romance.
     
  • DO use privacy tools to block those you do not want to see your profile or interact with. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and most online social media outlets have privacy settings for blocking individuals who have harassed you or proven they cannot be trusted. Even with privacy tools, however, assume everything you do online is public.
     
  • DO think before sharing others' personal information, including tagging photos without their permission or sharing their personal life with the world. They deserve privacy as much as you, so help protect it.

Dont's

 

  • DON'T assume everyone online is honest or who they claim to be. Anyone can create a fake social profile and pretend to be someone they're not.
     
  • DON'T post information that could lead someone to you offline. Be mindful when posting where you're at and with whom with too much detail. Especially avoid posting photos that include license plates or identifiable landmarks to your home address or typical hangouts. Over time, people can piece together detailed information about you.
     
  • DON'T reply to harassing or disturbing messages. Cyberbullies want to know they are making you worried or upset . They enjoy knowing they can get to you and enjoy seeing a reaction. Instead of responding, remain in control by talking to a trusted adult.
     
  • DON'T share your password with friends. It’s hard to imagine, but friendships change and you don’t want to be impersonated by anyone. Pick a password you can remember but no one else can guess. All passwords should be kept private and next to impossible to guess.
     
  • DON'T measure your own life based on what others post. People typically post happy photos and stories online and don’t usually share their boring or sad moments or unflattering photos. Don’t assume that others have better lives than you do, based on what they post.