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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I am increasingly impressed with They are a non-profit collaborative partnership between state and local governments and agencies as well as industry leading corporations. I have downloaded and looked over their free content and it's pretty good. If you are an educator or school administrator looking for curriculum for Internet safety, they are a good source. There are also resources for parents and for kids as well. Here is the "About Us" statement from their website:


Internet Keep Safe Coalition

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors and/or first spouses, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement, and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online. iKeepSafe® uses these unique partnerships to disseminate safety resources to families worldwide.

To give parents, educators, and policymakers the information and tools which empower them to teach children the safe and healthy use of technology and the Internet.

To see generations of the world’s children grow up safely using technology and the Internet.

iKeepSafe educational resources teach children of all ages in a fun, age-appropriate way, the basic rules of Internet safety, ethics, and the healthy use of connected technologies.

Resources for Elementary Grades
Through the storybook adventures of Internet safety icon, Faux Paw the Techno Cat®, elementary school children learn about:

  • Internet safety basics
  • How to handle cyber-bullying
  • Balancing real life with screen time
  • The risks and dangers of downloading

The website reinforces the lessons taught in the books with educational materials, including PowerPoint® presentations, activity sheets, coloring pages, quizzes, and educational games available for free download.

The Faux Paw® curriculum is based on research from Harvard’s Center on Media and Child Health and created in partnership with the iKeepSafe Global Research Team, Penn State University Department of Education, and the University of Maryland. It is central to a nationwide Internet safety campaign with pilot programs running this year in Australia, China, and India. Faux Paw stories are also available in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Cambodian, Vietnamese and other languages.

Resources for Teens

  • Comcast’s Emmy award-winning “Student Voices” on cyber-bullying
  • ‘Tween and teen video presentations and tutorials

Resources for Parents
Parent resources are available in the Parent Resource Center, including:

  • Video tutorials on current Internet safety topics:
  • 10 Actions Parents Must Take
  • Social Networking Sites
  • How to Handle Cyber-bullying
  • MySpace Safety Know-how
  • Family Fun Lessons: to help parents teach Internet safety at home
  • DARE Activities: coloring pages, activities, and instructions for parents
  • Online Safety Digest: recent news stories covering online safety issues

Most iKeepSafe resources are available for free download.

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a registered 501(c)3, non-profit organization founded by Jacalyn S. Leavitt, former First Lady of Utah (1993–2003).

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