Monday, February 8, 2010

Internet Safety Projects Due March 1

If you and your students would like to participate in the Illinois Internet Safety Contest, please have your projects completed no later than Friday, February 26.  The State requires that projects are turned in for District-level judging no later than Monday, March 1

Projects can be turned in to me in person, through school mail, or via email or other electronic means, but they must arrive at the Central Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 1.  (If you're putting them in school mail, send it on the Friday prior, please.)

Please remember that, beginning this year, the State of Illinois requires that we teach Internet Safety at least once per year to all students, Grades 3-12.  Participating in the Illinois Internet Safety Contest is one of many ways to demonstrate compliance with this new mandate.  Text of the mandate can be found here.

For more information about the contest, please visit:

To be compliant, the mandate states that a school must teach at least one lesson from at least one of the following topic areas in each grade level:

  • Safe and responsible use of social networking, websites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, etc.

  • Recognizing, avoiding and reporting online solicitations by sexual predators.

  • Risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet.

  • Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive online communication.

  • Recognizing and reporting online harassment and cyberbullying.

  • Reporting illegal online activities and communications.

  • Understanding copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music and video.  

To assist teachers, lessons in these areas have been broken down by grade-level clusters:

Teachers:  Please report what lesson(s) you use, and approximately how much instructional time was spent on the lesson, to your principal each semester. An email from a Department, Team, or Grade Level representative, or from individual teachers, stating the topic, lesson, or activity used and grade level addressed will be enough to show compliance. (For example, compliance could be shown in an email to your principal stating, “4th grade D.A.R.E. lesson on recognizing & reporting harassment & cyberbullying; 35 min.”)

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