Planning for the event started at the end of the school year last year and continued through the summer with collaboration taking place on a Wikispaces wiki called Internet Safety for Parents. The wiki actually became a pretty good introduction to Internet safety as it combined the knowledge I was gaining by completing iSafe certification with the knowledge of my partner (who was already iSafe certified).
This post is for those thinking about planning an Internet safety program for their school community. Below are links to the various resources that we used in our program.
- WISPP Introduction - A link to the five slide introduction I created on Thumbstacks, a site for creating online presentations.
- WISPP Slideshow, Night 1 - Here is the whole slideshow from the first night that I uploaded to Slideshare. The slides are done in the Beyond Bullet Points format, so you won't get much information from them other than how we organized the presentation.
- Ryan Halligan Story - Ryan Halligan was a 7th grader who experienced cyberbullying so severe that he decided to committ suicide. iSafe has a video that we downloaded and showed. Check this site for information about Ryan and cyberbullying.
- Pew Internet & American Life Project - This site has lots of information about teen Internet usage that we used in our presentation.
- Netsmartz.org Blog Beware Quiz - I took a few questions from this quiz and added them to the slideshow.
- Include as many community groups that have an interest as possible. On the second night, we invited a counselor from the local youth services board to speak as well as some officers from the police department.
- Keep it short--our program lasted two hours, but took place over two nights instead of two very long hours in one night.
- Provide handouts.
- Keep up the momentum (if done well, your program will have parents to use the information right away). Parents at our program were given the chance to sign up for a listserve. The goal of the listserve is for us to send along any resources that we come across.
More Symmetry in Nature Resources
I have added some new information and more printables to the Symmetry in Nature page of my website. You can now learn about the symmetry of leaves and print some worksheets that require students to complete some engaging symmetry activities.
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