Cyber Safety and Integrity
Cyber Bullying, Cyber Integrity, Cyber Safety
Computers, cell phones, the Internet and other digital means of communication are great tools for people of all ages. However, improper use of these devices can be hurtful, intimidating or threatening. The Olathe Public Schools launched its CO3 committee to address cyber safety, cyber bullying and cyber integrity in Olathe.
Education Technology Coordinator Donna Roper, Manager of Safety and Security LaVern Fields, and Safe and Drug-free Schools Facilitator Heather Schoonover lead the district's CO3 initiative. Roper's focus is cyber safety, and Schoonover concentrates on cyber bullying.
The trio saw a need to highlight the district's existing efforts to educate students about proper use of digital communications. CO3 also teaches parents how to work with their children to use the Internet correctly and safely. Site Councils and PTO groups may requeste guest speakers on this topic from Roper (firstname.lastname@example.org), Fields (email@example.com) and Schoonover (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have concerns about potential cyber safety, please contact your child's school or call the 24-hour anonymous School Resource Officer hotline at (913) 780-7777.
- More than 50 percent of parents feel their ability to monitor and shelter their children from inappropriate material is limited. ~ i-Safe Survey
- 24 percent of children surveyed do not feel there is anything wrong with chatting with strangers on line. ~ i-Safe Survey
- 28 percent of children surveyed have seen something on the Internet they consider dangerous. ~ i-Safe Survey
- More than 33 percent of youth have been victimized through cyber bullying. ~ Journal of School Violence
- More than 50 percent of high school students admit plagiarizing from the Internet. ~ Rutgers University
Research has shown that children whose parents have talked with them about Internet safety are more responsible with their use of the Internet. Parents don't have to be computer experts to keep their children safe online.
Links and Documents for All Age Groups
Cyber Safety Overview: PDF file
R U Cyber Safe? PDF file
Cyber Safety Guide from Time Warner Cable and CyberAngels: PDF file
Kansas Safe Schools Resource Center: www.ksde.org/kssafeschoolsresourcecenter
Net Lingo: PDF file
10 Questions for Parents About Technology and Their Kids, from Cable in the Classroom: PDF file
Facebook for Parents: http://www.facebookforparents.org/index.html
Social Web Tips for Parents: PDF file
Teach Kids Online Safety: PDF file
How to Turn off Apps in Facebook: PDF file
Elementary Links, Documents
I Keep Safe: http://www.ikeepsafe.org/
Surf Swell Island: http://disney.go.com/surfswell
Safe Kids: http://safekids.com/
Middle School and High School Links, Documents
Stay Safe on Line: http://www.staysafeonline.info/
Wired Safety: http://www.wiredsafety.org/
Safe Teens: http://www.safeteens.com/
Cyber Bullying: http://cyberbully.org/
A Parents Guide to Internet Safety: FBI: http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm
Sexting Safety Tips: PDF file