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Keeping Kids Safe Online Month - October

The fifth-year of Keeping Kids Safe Online Month in Wisconsin hits close to home for so many. Schools, families, and communities have been impacted over the last year by COVID and an increase in use of technology in and out of the classrooms. This year we will look at safe and healthy online habits and how they connect to positive social and emotional well-being. The Department of Public Instruction along with the Department of Justice will also provide some resources to help support schools and families.

This year, we will again highlight a number of resources that focus on safe and healthy online practices while navigating digital tools and environments. We will also share some resources about being proactive, reactive, and share ways you can leverage people and resources available in and outside of schools. We also continue to make connections with families by providing learning modules (English and Spanish) that take an interactive approach to have conversations and building family media plans about what is acceptable and what is not when using online tools and social media. We focus on the importance of protecting personal information while being a digital leader.

The Wisconsin DPI and Wisconsin DOJ rely on our partnership to continue to create and curate resources on the Online and Internet Safety website. This website targets 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 creation and consumption of digital resources. It includes a lesson planning matrix to break down the topics into more manageable pieces to better explore and leverage the many resources included. This resource is continually updated and provides just-in-time materials and information to support planning and programming.

October is a great opportunity to begin conversations about online safety and digital leadership. Given our current climate and the importance of these topics, we know this can’t end when October does. We need to ensure all stakeholders have the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to navigate this “always-on” digital world we live in.

For more information:

 

October 2021 Lesson Planning Matrix

Week
Theme
Resources
September - Leading up to ‘Keeping Kids Safe Online’ month

Understand Online Safety in the times of COVID-19

How to teach online and blended learning (Grab and Go resources)

Connect Social and Emotional Learning to Digital Citizenship

Understand the purpose and integration of the ITL standards across all content areas
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Oct. 4 - 8


 
Introduction activities:
Family Connections/Social and Emotional Learning lesson plans/Wis. ITL standards
 
 
 
 
Oct. 11 - 15
Information Privacy/Security, Plagiarism, Copyrights, and Misinformation
 
 
 
 
 
Oct. 18 - 22
Digital Leadership/Cyberbullying and how to effectively be proactive and reactive to situations
 
 
 
 
Oct. 25 - 29
Digital Relationships/Social Media/ Safe Gaming
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
Continued parent/guardian and child involvement
For questions about this information, contact Chad Kliefoth (608) 267-9289, Janice Mertes (608) 267-1054