We have had an awesome first few weeks of school in the computer lab! Willard South is a packed house this year with over 460 PK-4th grade students using the lab! Our lab has 25 student stations and thankfully administration has kept the numbers in each class low enough that every student in every class gets to have their own computer when they come to the lab!
Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship are very important at Willard South. I want to make sure the kids know how to stay safe online and be nice to others online - even when they are not at school.
We start out each school year with a reminder of who in our world is a "Don't Know" - or a stranger - with my favorite safety girl Safe Side Super Chick in The Safe Side Stranger Safety. This video is the perfect segway to The Safe Side Internet Safety where we talk about the fact that there are also strangers online. This year the topic of stranger safety hit a little closer to home with the abduction of Hailey Owens last year not too far from our own school boundaries. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: (http://www.missingkids.com/)
After spending time with Safe Side Super Chick we visited our Safety Zone page that has several activities from http://www.netsmartzkids.org/. Currently the 3rd and 4th graders are working on earning their own digital passports by completing the six sections of Digital Passport which is brought to us by Common Sense Media - an excellent resource for parents on safe websites, games movies and more! Digital Passport also talks about not only staying safe online - but treating others kind online by being a good digital citizen.