Online Safety Education for Kids
Teaching online safety cannot wait until children reach adolescence. Data from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline and Child Victim Identification Program shows that children under the age of 12 are often the victims of online enticement, sextortion and child sexual abuse imagery. Adults often struggle to find the language to talk with young children about online dangers and the skills to practice protective behaviors that help keep them safe. NCMEC’s unique perspective as the centralized reporting mechanism for suspected child exploitation offers important insights to the risks to young children online and informs our prevention education content. Hear about the most recent NCMEC data on the dangers young children are facing online today, and learn about NCMEC new online safety web series, Into the Cloud. This new program is designed especially for students in grades K–5 and includes engaging videos, easy-to-use discussion guides and a multilevel game – all age-appropriate and free. Download accompanying handout here.
Earn 0.1 CEUs/1 contact hours for this webinar by purchasing and passing the corresponding quiz found in the Specialists and Exams section of the Online Store. Search by keyword of the webinar title to find the exam in the online store. CEU exams are available for three years following the live webinar.
After viewing this webinar, you should be able:
1. Discuss the recent data on child exploitation and identify risks young children face online.
2. Effectively utilize Into the Cloud as a tool in your school to teach students safer behaviors online.
3. Practice best practices in teaching online safety using a child-centered, empowerment approach.
Tina Bigdeli, Senior Outreach Manager, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
Original air date: June 8, 2020
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