Our children live in a digital world. They communicate, create and collaborate through technology and they have instant access to a wealth of information and multimedia. They are “digital natives,” never knowing a time without cell phones, DVDs, Facebook and Google. But growing up with these devices and resources does not mean they automatically have the knowledge and skills to carefully evaluate information and make responsible, respectful and safe choices about how they access and use these digital tools. We must guide our students to become cyber-savvy, responsible digital citizens with the 21st Century skills to thrive in our local and global economies.
On October 10, 2008, Congress passed Senate Bill 1492, which became Public Law No: 110-385. Title I of this law is the Broadband Data Improvement Act. Title II is the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act. The new legislation adds requirements that schools, as part of their internet safety policies, educate minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response. (PL110-385 summary)
To meet these requirements, OUSD has organized the following materials for classroom teachers.
For answers to questions about these resources or about implementing Cyber Safety curriculum, please contact: