Using the Internet

The Internet is a wonderful resource that really does give us the world at our fingertips.

But there are some pitfalls you’ll want to avoid.

Remember that when you are online, you create a digital footprint that can be tracked and used by others.

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Be smart! Stay safe!

Follow these tips:

  • Never share personal information like your full name, address, phone number or school name
  • Only “friend” people that you know face-to-face
  • Ask your parents or a trusted adult for help if you’re ever in an uncomfortable situation

Check out the tips in these videos:

Jigsaw (CEOP)

Safe Web Surfing: Top Tips for Kids and Teens Online (Wellcast)

Internet Safety Hip-Hop Song (Flocabulary)

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids (Common Sense Media) – show this one to the younger kids in your life!

Here’s another resource:

Tips for Staying Safe Online (Kids Help Phone)

Remember, you are being followed online:

Tracking our Online Trackers (Gary Kovacs TED Talk)

Take care of your online reputation!

Manage your online reputation (Google for Education video)

Gérer sa réputation en ligne (Google for Education video, en français)

Evaluate websites to get good information:

Wikipedia:FAQ/Schools (Wikipedia) – should we use Wikipedia when doing research?

Evaluating Websites: Using the Internet for Research (Amanda Miller)

Evaluating Websites – don’t fall into the TRAAP (OSLIS)

Fake or Fact: Can You Tell the Difference Online? (CBC; with quiz)

Do a better search:

Online Research: Tips for Effective Search Strategies (Sarah Clark, University of Manitoba Libraries)

How to Get Better Search Results: Be a Google Pro (Socractica)