We're here to help you prepare your students by fulfilling requirements under the Illinois School Code for annual, age-appropriate Internet safety instruction to students in grades 3-12 (105 ILCS 5/27-13.3). This page includes suggestions for curriculum, best practices and downloadable tools.
For more information, please feel free to contact our Internet Safety Specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can assist you with a specific problem or send an Internet Safety Specialist to your school with a presentation for students, parents, or educators.
Click below for information and educational materials on Delete Day, an opportunity for your students to “clean up” their online accounts to promote safety and respect for themselves and others.
Printable Posters to Promote Delete Day
The Office of the Attorney General conducted a survey of Illinois students during the Spring of 2014. Click below for more information on the apps and sites the survey shows are trending with Illinois youth, as well as online resources for parents, teachers and guardians.
The School Climate Survey is a short student survey that schools are encouraged to administer regarding online behaviors. Topics include: digital citizenship, cyberbullying and sexting.
After administering the appropriate survey, schools are encouraged to insert their resulting data into the editable posters listed below. Displaying these posters throughout the school will help to reinforce positive social norms and encourage a positive online experience for students.
Tips for Teachers
Click below for some tips on how to help your students prevent cyberbullying.
Forms of Cyberbullying
A child or teen can be bullied in a wide variety of contexts—through cell phones, chat rooms, e-mail, instant messages, or Web Sites—the possibilities are endless. Click below to learn more about where and how cyberbullying occurs.
Understanding the motives of cyberbullies can assist you in developing effective prevention and intervention strategies that are necessary to combat cyberbullying. According to www.stopcyberbullying.org, there are generally five types of cyberbullies.
Warning Sign Checklist
Cyberbullying can have a serious impact on your student's life and behavior. The Internet can magnify the effects of hurtful comments, embarrassing photographs, and other bullying tactics similar to what you may have experienced while growing up. Click below to learn more about how to recognize if your student is a victim of cyberbullying.
Even the best kids can become couch-potato cyberbullies. The Internet provides anonymity and shields kids from the pain that bullying causes their victims. Click below to learn more about how to recognize if your student is engaged in cyberbullying.
What Should Students Do?
How should your students respond to cyberbullying? We do not recommend responding directly to cyberbullies. Instead, we offer a few steps that you can take to ensure that bullies are held responsible.
Tell Us Your Story
How do you handle cyberbullying incidents? What is your school's bullying policy? Share your stories with educators throughout the state of Illinois.
If you believe your student is a victim or perpetrator of bullying online, it is important for you to help the individual make a change. Click below to learn more about what you can do.
If you are interested in having an Internet Safety Specialist visit your school, please contact our office to schedule a training session.
The Illinois Internet Safety Education Act encourages schools to adopt an age-appropriate Internet safety curriculum for students in grades K through 2. It also requires instruction in grades 3 through 12. This law identifies key topics for instruction, including safe and responsible use of the Internet and the risks posed by online predators, identity theft, cyberbullying and harassment, and illegal downloading.