NetSmartzKids is a website set up to teach children and young adults about using the internet safely. It uses fun, interactive games to help develop safe online strategies. The website explains:
NetSmartz® is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.
The goal of the NetSmartz Workshop is to extend the safety awareness of children to prevent victimization and increase self-confidence whenever they go online. These goals include to
- enhance the ability of children to recognize dangers on the Internet
- enhance the ability of children to understand that people they first “meet” on the Internet should never be considered their friend
- encourage children to report victimization to a trusted adult
- support and enhance community education efforts
- increase communication between adults and children about online safety
The NetSmartz Workshop teaches children the rules for online safety.
- I will tell an adult I trust if anything makes me feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.
- I will ask my parents or guardian before sharing my personal information.
- I won’t meet in person with anyone I have first “met” online.
Potentially a useful site, especially for the younger student. Thanks to Angela Maiers for this link.
My students absolutely love Netsmartz! The downloadable resources for teachers are equally outstanding, the students enjoy the situational cards.
Great to know that students find it engaging and (dare I say?) educational.