More kids are using the internet today, and at younger ages – raising concerns for their safety online.
However, some Rochester school students are learning how to avoid the pitfalls. Fifth and sixth graders from School 22 are learning how to be safe online.
“There are people out there looking to do harm to young students and young kids,” said Ann Marie Lehner, Chief Information Officer. “They need to know what is and is not appropriate behavior.”
That is the focus of the new class, Digital Citizenship is in the Modern Learning Space at the Rochester City School Districts Central Office.
Students play games at different stations, answering questions about privacy and security.
“If you have a friend on the internet that you’ve never seen, and they ask you to play, don’t ever go, because you don’t know if it’s somebody bigger than you trying to kidnap you or something else,” said Yadiel, a student.
Students are learning never to post personal information – creating accounts with nicknames, instead.
They’re also learning how to spot cyber bullying.
“If there’s like anybody bullying you, you should tell an adult and not bully the bully, because it’s not nice,” Yadiel added.
The students are learning how to make the most of the internet while avoiding the pitfalls.
“We have to teach students to be careful what they put out there, because it will be forever out there and it will follow them through the years,” Lehner said.
Doing so protects them now – and later in life.
“It makes me feel safe on the internet. And know more about the internet than just the fun side of it,” said Yadiel.
The new class will be available next year for all fifth graders in all schools