If you teach kindergarten – or know a kindergarten teacher – we wanted to share a lesson created by Mary Beth Hertz (@mbteach on Twitter), an elementary computer teacher in Philadelphia, PA, and a regular blogger on Edutopia. Mary Beth uses free resources from BrainPop to introduce her young students to Internet safety, with a focus of helping students transfer their face-to-face “stranger danger” skills to online environments. Here’s the link to her How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students post.
Although our district-adopted Internet safety program begins in 1st grade, this is only because many sites do not send their kindergartners to the computer lab. Currently our computer lab teachers are in charge of the Internet safety program at the elementary sites – but this does not mean that teaching digital citizenship is limited to computer lab time. We would love to have kindergarten teachers leading the charge! And we would love to hear back from any sites that are beginning Internet safety and digital citizenship in kindergarten – either in the classroom or computer lab!