Cyber Safety for Middle School
As students enter and move through middle school, many changes are taking place. Among them are the seeking independence and social acceptence. During this time students' use of the Internet and other electronic devises also increases. Listen to the news or search for statistics and you will find that while most students this age are less inhibited about what they post or text, the need to make them responsible cyber citizens is as important as ever.
Here are some tips to help children who are surfing the web, a little safer:

Have the computer in a main room so it can be monitored.
Encourage your child to report anything they feel uneasy about. As a parent, do not overreact. Children are less likely to confide in you next time.
Use parental controls and filters
Check the history, bookmarks and favorites.
Create passwords that are difficult to figure out
  • Avoid using names, birth dates or any part of your SSN.
  • Avoid using a dictionary word
  • Use a word with at least 8 characters
  • Use a word with a mix of UPPER, lower case letters, numbers and symbols. (ex. HoU$Se22)
  • Use a phrase and take the first letters

Helpful Cyber Safety Information for parents

http://www.linksysbycisco.com/static/content/20090626/teen_cybersafety.pdf
Teen Cyber Safety PDF

http://www.linksysbycisco.com/static/content/20090629/Kids_and_tweens_Cybersafety_WEB.pdf
Tween Cyber Safety PDF

http://us.mcafee.com/en-us/local/docs/US_Internet_Safety_Plan.pdf
Parent info PDF--- Great Resource!!!

http://www.microsoft.com/protect/resources/brochures.aspx
Microsoft Cyber Safety Information

http://www.staysafeonline.org/content/cyber-safety-materials
Numerous Cyber SafetyResources

http://safety.lovetoknow.com/Category:Internet_Safety_Facts

Become a good digital citizen!!!!
http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/The+Digital+Citizen


Homework Help


"Homework Tips for Parents" is a helpful article that provides parents with strategies to improve student homework completion


http://www.testtakingtips.com/parents/index.htm
A helpful website to assist parents with approaching students with test-taking strategies

"Strategies for Parents and Caregivers" is a handbook that included behavioral interventions for children that display inappropriate behaviors. The handbook is also helpful in understanding the factors that may cause and maintain behavior.




Middle School Transition Information

http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/school/middleschool/

http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=2157

http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/health/smoothing-your-childs-transition-to-middle-school.gs?content=980

http://school.familyeducation.com/learning-disabilities/middle-school/37597.html



http://flyontheclassroomwall.blogspot.com/2010/06/patenting-tips-shy-child-at-home-in.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Information for helping a shy child


Community Help


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