Keeping Kids Safe Online
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in partnership with the Department of Justice (DOJ), are working to create awareness about Internet Safety. This site provides a compilation of resources, tools, and information to empower all stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, and administrators) to make safe, smart and ethical decisions about technology use. Over the last few years, there has been a shift from 'acceptable' to 'responsible' use of digital resources. This shift is a change in expectation for use of technology in and out of the classroom. Keeping kids safe online is a fundamental goal of school districts, the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan, and the Wisconsin Information and Technology Literacy Standards. Technology is a way of life for today's students and we all need to be sure we support their safe and responsible use of digital resources. (Downloadable Internet Safety icons found here)
It is getting easier and easier to simply copy and paste content from the Internet or other sources to use in projects or presentations. At times, students are using this information illegally or without proper citation. On this page, you will find key terms about copyrights and the laws that pertain. You will also find material that allows you dive deeper into the topic of plagiarism and the consequences involved.
Cyberbullying - use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another individual or group. This is a serious issue and happens mainly among young people, but not always. On this page, you will find information and resources based on cyberbullying and how you can help prevent it. You will also find information about how you can recognize, the effects of, and where you can report cyberbullying.
Being a good citizen involves knowing what is right and wrong, exhibiting intelligent behavior, respecting others, showing compassion, and making good choices. Digital Citizenship is demonstrating the very same characteristics but in the digital world. In this section, you will learn more about how to be a good digital citizen as well as find resources to help you continue to make good choices online.
Digital Footprint (Digital Tattoo)
Whether we understand it or not, our digital world is permanent. The more we communicate, post and use online technologies, the more we build a Digital Footprint. On this page, you will find resources to help you understand why it is so important to evaluate materials you contribute online while at the same time respecting yourself and others privacy.
Many people use technology to communicate, collaborate, share, investigate and review. Since technology is integrated into kids' everyday lives, they are also using it to build relationships. On this page, you will find information and resources on how to educate students about proper use of the Internet and mobile technologies in a world where we can be connected to millions of people instantly.
Identity Theft continues to be the fastest growing crime in the nation. Technology makes it much easier to access and share personal and private information. On this page, you will learn how to guard yourself against having your identity stolen as well as learn what to do if you are a victim of this crime.
Technology can be an amazing tool to assist in searching for relevant information in a number of different areas. The problem is determining what information is credible and reliable. Information and Technology Literacy includes being able to identify, evaluate and use credible information effectively. On this page, you will find tools and resources to help you judge the legitimacy of online content so you can recognize the good from the bad.
With the increased use of technology for making purchases, banking online, and other digital transactions, it is crucial we protect our information. On this page, you will learn about how you can keep your personal, private information safe and secure online.
Online gaming is fun for kids and can be a great way to connect with friends, while at the same time learning critical life skills. Kids need to understand the importance of knowing who they are playing with, the risks associated with playing online and how to handle certain situations. On this page, you will find information on how to prepare and safeguard your kids while playing games online.
Social media apps and sites allow users to chat, text, meet new people, and share pictures and video. These tools can be great if they are used respectfully, appropriately, and with a little guidance from parents. On this page, you will learn more about some of the apps and sites kids are using, what the apps are being used for, as well as what problems may arise from improper use.