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Keeping Kids Safe Online Month - October

October is ‘Keeping Kids Safe Online Month’ in Wisconsin to highlight the need for responsible internet practices for schools and families today. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with the Department of Justice, has created a website that houses numerous resources, from a number of organizations and experts, about internet safety to assist with the month-long awareness campaign.
New this year, we focus on the connection between safe and healthy online choices and the Wisconsin Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies. Embedded in the new WI SEL competencies are perspective, compassion, empathy, and the ability to understand how decisions will affect other people. These are foundational skills to ensure students have in order to help make safe and healthy choices while using digital tools and media.
The Internet Safety website is targeted at all stakeholders (parents, educators, administrators, and students) and provides a plethora of resources and tools to help families and schools support the safe and responsible use and consumption of digital resources. DPI will continue to expand the website to include district exemplary programming, sample policies, and resources for 1:1 implementation. Below you will find the Lesson Planning Matrix which outlines the Internet Safety theme for each week of October as well as provides links to resources for teaching those topics.
For more information:
DPI Internet Safety Site:
Twitter: Follow @WisDPIDigCit and tweet using #WIdigcit
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October 2018 Lesson Planning Matrix

September - Leading up to ‘Keeping Kids Safe Online’ month
Understand Internet Safety
Connect Social and Emotional Learning to Digital Citizenship
Understand purpose and integration of the ITL standards across all content areas

Oct. 1-5

Introduction activities:
Digital Life/Digital Footprint/Parent Involvement/Wis. ITL standards
Oct. 8-12
Information Privacy/Security, Plagiarism, Copyrights, and Fake News
Oct. 15-19
Digital Citizenship/Cyberbullying
Oct. 22-26
Digital Relationships/Social Media/ Safe Gaming
Oct. 29-31
How do we continue past October?
Model online safety in lessons
Share a tip per week with your students/families
Invite parents to take part in “Keeping Kids Safe Online” month activities
Parent/student online steward module (interactions)


Keeping Kids Safe Online month - Communication Plan

For questions about this information, contact Chad Kliefoth (608) 267-9289, Janice Mertes (608) 267-1054