MADISON — State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor proclaimed October as Keeping Kids Safe Online Month in Wisconsin.
“We want our youth to use good strategies on the internet," Stanford Taylor said. "We want them to know what information is too private to share, how to interact safely with peers and others, and how to successfully manage their digital footprint. Families and schools can teach these strategies, in addition to staying in the know about their children's online behaviors."
The departments of Public Instruction and Justice collaborate to provide resources for Wisconsin students, families, and educators on an internet safety webpage, dpi.wi.gov/internet-safety. The tools help families and schools support the safe and responsible use and consumption of digital resources.
“Kids are online more than ever. It’s important that they learn good habits that will keep them safe online. Please make sure to talk to your kids about the technology they use and how to use it safely,” Attorney General Josh Kaul said.
Included on the Internet Safety webpage are an online course for children, parents, and guardians entitled Interact!, a tool to help teachers plan instruction on internet safety, and tips sorted into 10 topics such as Identify Theft, Safe Gaming, and Digital Relationships.
This is the third consecutive year Wisconsin has observed Keeping Kids Safe Online Month in October.