This October marks the second recognition of ‘Keeping Kids Safe Online Month’ in Wisconsin. The 2018 campaign highlights a connection to the new Wisconsin Social and Emotional Learning Competencies as a foundation for building empathy and compassion in the classroom.
When students better understand how their actions affect others, they will transfer these skills to online environments and make safer and healthier choices while using digital tools in and out of the classroom. It is crucial these skills are being taught and modeled in schools and at home. For this reason, it is good for schools to connect with parents and the community.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with the Department of Justice, provides several methods to connect with stakeholders. They have curated resources about internet safety and digital citizenship to be used to help administrators, teachers, parents, and students understand the importance of safe and healthy online choices. The Internet Safety website provides a list of those resources and tools to help families and schools support the safe and responsible consumption of digital resources.
The website also includes a lesson planning matrix which outlines the internet safety theme for each week of the month-long campaign and links to resources for teaching those topics. DPI will continue to expand the website to include exemplary district programming, sample materials, and resources for 1:1 implementation.
Subscriber Submission: Chad Kliefoth, Digital Learning Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction