CyberSmart!, a new online curriculum co-published by the nonprofit CyberSmart! School Program and Macmillan/ McGraw-Hill, addresses the challenge of empowering children to use the internet safely, responsibly, and effectively. Developed through a collaboration of professional educators, curriculum experts, and internet industry innovators, the CyberSmart! curriculum teaches students what online behaviors are acceptable and appropriate, providing them with the tools they need to navigate the internet securely, sensibly, and effectively. Correlated to the International Society for Technology in Education’s National Educational Technology Standards, the curriculum consists of 65 original lesson plans with activity sheets. It is organized in five units, each teaching an important facet of internet use: Safety (how to enjoy the internet safely), Manners (social, legal, and ethical responsibilities when using the internet), Advertising (how to identify commercial messages and protect privacy), Research (strategies to mine online resources effectively), and Technology (learning about the past, present, and future of the internet).
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