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Technology has become a fixture in the lives of most people, and starting in third grade it becomes a fixture in your child's classroom in the form of 1:1 iPads. Each year from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade our students participate in some kind of Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety lesson or unit, starting with the basics and working our way up to researching things like scams and security. 

This kind of learning doesn't need to stop when students walk out the door at the end of the day. Many students have access to technology at home and while we have heard from many of your students that they have technology related rules at home too, we've also been asked for some resources to further keep our students safe online. Here are some resources that can help support your work at home to reinforce appropriate use of technology. 

CommonSenseMedia.org Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Many of our Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety lessons are planned around information from Common Sense Media.

Netsmartz.org The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Our third grade students use the Router's Birthday Surprise Interactive Adventure as part of their learning.

Cyberwise.org CyberWise works to make it easy for parents to keep up with their online kids by providing learning hubs for things like age of use and information to know about social media sites and apps like Facebook, Musical.ly and more. They also have ideas for contracts to use with your child at home for their technology usage. 

StaySafeOnline.org The National Cyber Security Alliance seeks to create a culture of cyber security and safety awareness by providing knowledge and tools to prevent cyber crime and attacks.

Cyberbullying Research Center The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Dr. Justin Patchin, Professor of Criminal Justice in UWEC, is the co-director.