Elementary Resources

Between kindergarten and fifth grade, kids go through rapid growth in learning. From playing games on their mom or dad’s cell phone, to learning how to point and click a mouse, to navigating online by themselves, kids this age are participating in a connected culture. Click through the different topics below for more information.

DIGITAL LIFE

Use bookmarks and safe search: Teach your child to bookmark his or her favorite sites. This way, your child is less likely to go somewhere online you don’t want.

Filtering and blocking software: Some parents find these tools to be useful to help protect younger children from accessing inappropriate content.

Have older siblings help: Have your older children help teach your younger children how to be responsible and safe online.

Share wisdom: We teach kids to choose their words carefully, play nicely with others, and respect their teachers. Now we have to extend those lessons to a vast, invisible world.

Seek balance: If our kids are going to thrive with digital media, we must balance the negative with the positive, privacy with protection.

Keep an open mind: It’s important for us to understand that our kids will spend much of their lives in a connected world, where everyone creates and communicates.

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ONLINE SECURITY 

Help your child with passwords. Teach them:
• Not to use passwords that are easy to guess, such as their nickname or their pet’s name.
• Not to use any private identity information in their password. Identity thieves can use this information to pretend to be them.
• Not to use a word in the dictionary as a password. Hackers use programs that will try every word in the dictionary to guess passwords.
• To use combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. These are harder to crack than regular words because there are more combinations to try.

Teach your kids to be careful with what they download: Let them know not to download free games or videos to their computer. These programs often come with spyware and viruses that will land the computer in the shop – and them in hot water. 

Let your kids know how to identify and deal with spam: Teach them that spam is Internet junk mail. They should not open this mail, because if they do, they will just receive more of it. The best strategy is not to open email from addresses they don’t recognize. 

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 CYBERBULLYING

  1. Make a list together of how talking online is different than talking face to face. 
  2. Practice writing a text or message to a friend.
  3. Point out that it’s important to stick up for others.
  4. Limit online socializing.
  5. Explain the basics of good behavior online.
  6. Remind your kids not to share passwords with their friends.
  7. Make sure they talk to someone (even if it’s not you).
  8. Advise them on how to handle cyberbullying.
  9. Establish consequences for bullying behavior.




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 PREVENTING PLAGIARISM

ASK. Who is the author? How does the author say I can use the work? Do I have to get the creator’s permission first? Identifying the author or artist of a work will help kids remember that behind every work is a person who made it.

ACKNOWLEDGE. Did I give credit to the work I used? Teach kids early that they can show respect by giving credit. 

ADD VALUE. Did I rework the material to make new meaning and add something original?


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