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Keeping Kids Safe Online Month - October

October 2020 will mark the fourth annual Keeping Kids Safe Online Month in Wisconsin. Preparing for this year’s campaign carries more weight in the era of COVID-19 and remote learning, bringing awareness to the importance of making safe and healthy choices while navigating digital tools.

With a large number of districts relying on full-time remote learning or a hybrid approach with remote learning included, it is crucial to involve parents and the community in understanding and modeling safe online behaviors. To help with this, the Wisconsin DPI and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) have created two interactive e-courses called Interact. These courses (available in English and Spanish) bring families together to talk about what to do when faced with questionable situations online, how to be a digital leader, and how to create a family media plan specific for your family.

The Wisconsin DPI has also been working with the Department of Justice over the last four years to create and maintain a website with numerous resources from organizations and experts around the world about online safety and digital citizenship. The DPI has also collaborated with agency experts in social and emotional learning, special education, family engagement, and others, to ensure we are helping to prepare the whole child for safe online learning experiences. We utilize October to highlight the need for safe and responsible use of digital tools and resources for schools, communities, and families.

Throughout the month of October, we will highlight many resources that help integrate safe and healthy online practices in the classroom and in the home. We continue to make connections with social and emotional learning and the ability to understand how decisions affect others, especially when using online tools and platforms.

We have also included a lesson planning matrix below outlining the themes for each week of Keeping Kids Safe Online in October that breaks down the resources into more manageable pieces for understanding, discussion, and integration.

With such a crucial topic in our “always-on” society, the discussions and modeling can’t start and stop in October. As we prepare for a different type of learning this fall, we want to widely promote resources and tools to integrate, teach, and model safe and healthy online choices in all educational environments and at home. This is a team effort and, together, we can all become digital leaders!
For more information:


October 2020 Lesson Planning Matrix

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. 1 and 2

Introduction activities:
Digital Life/Digital Footprint/Parent Involvement/Wis. ITL standards
Oct. 5-9
Information Privacy/Security, Plagiarism, Copyrights, and Misinformation
Oct. 12-16
Digital Citizenship (leadership)/Cyberbullying
Oct. 19-23
Digital Relationships/Social Media/ Safe Gaming
Oct. 26-30
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