CCPS Cyber-Safety

We in Carroll County Public Schools are concerned about the safety of our county's children. We have created this site to provide parents and caregivers with information that will help them protect those children.

If you have any questions or would like help finding more information on a particular topic, feel free to email the site administrator.

Internet Safety Tips for Kids - Guide for Parents

posted May 16, 2017, 12:22 PM by Jude Raffeinner

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"You've heard it before: internet safety for kids is one of the most important topics in today's connected society. But how, exactly, can you keep your child safe online?

While every family treats the internet and cell phone use differently, CNBC reports that kids are receiving their first internet-capable device younger and younger every year. As adults, we understand that the infinite opportunities offered by the internet can be staggering. But for children and young teenagers yet to understand, the dangers that lurk in the shadowy corners of cyberspace might appear benevolent and innocent--at first glance.

What's a parent to do? Cyber technology is hardly optional anymore - in fact, in 2015 the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) went so far as to classify the internet as a utility, like electricity and water, as opposed to a luxury.

Teachers use websites and apps to manage homework assignments, and Google is practically an extension of our brains nowadays. With benefits come risks, however, and as parents, we need to know how to protect our kids from the dark side of a constant connection.

Don't worry, help is on the way: I'm going to share with you the most important things for parents, teachers, counselors, and authority figures to do to keep children safe online."

NetSafe Utah Parent Resouces

posted Jan 23, 2017, 8:29 AM by Web Admin

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This site contains resources and videos to help parents communicate with and keep their children safe on the Internet.

Digital Education Revolution

posted Dec 1, 2016, 10:18 AM by Jude Raffeinner   [ updated Dec 1, 2016, 10:20 AM ]

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This Australian Website asks the question, Do you use the internet to share information about yourself or others, communicate with friends, comment on what you see online, play games, get material for an assignment or buy stuff online? If you answered YES to any of these, you are a digital citizen. Why is digital citizenship important?  Do you want to get the best out of using the internet and keep yourself and others safe and healthy in an online world? Use these materials to learn what it takes to become a positive digital citizen.

The site has learning activities and video resources for Primary and Secondary students and a Guide for Parents with resources to help them learn about keeping their children stay safe and responsible online.

Safety Central

posted Nov 23, 2016, 10:24 AM by Jude Raffeinner

Safety Central app lets parents act quickly if a child goes missing

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“Timing is critical when a child is missing and Safety Central lets parents provide the tools that law enforcement needs to start the search with just the touch of a button,” said John Walsh, NCMEC co-founder and host of CNN’s “The Hunt.” “This may be the most important App you’ll have on your device.”

Increase Your Password Strength

posted Nov 4, 2016, 9:29 AM by Jude Raffeinner

This article has some good tips on increasing your password strength.

A Guide to Understanding Bullying and Cyberbullying

posted Aug 2, 2016, 11:59 AM by Jude Raffeinner

Bullying among children and young adults has a marked and lasting impact on schools and communities. According to the most recent numbers by the National Center for Education, 28% of students aged 12-18 have experienced bullying first hand and over 43% have witnessed or experienced cyberbullying online.

This site is a Guide to Understanding Bullying and Cyberbullying for parents, teachers, and students.

Great Site for Parents of Young Children

posted Feb 5, 2016, 7:59 AM by Jude Raffeinner
Think U Know is a Website from the UK that has some great information and activities for young (5-7) children, related to Internet Safety.  The section of the site called Hector's World has a series of 6 animated cartoons that all talk about Personal Information and staying safe, along with coloring books, puzzles, and more.

The other pages on the site have information about different activities related to Internet use. Play buttons on animations will read the information on the page, making it easy for young people to use. 

Streaming Video a Concern for Parents

posted Jan 29, 2016, 12:17 PM by Jude Raffeinner

Mom shocked after 12-year-old daughter broadcasts live from Chesterfield bedroom

Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup

posted Oct 28, 2015, 12:13 PM by Jude Raffeinner   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 6:29 AM by Web Admin ] collection of articles, videos, and other resources related to on cyberbullying, internet safety, digital literacy, and other topics related to digital citizenship.
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Safety Tips for Sharing Photos of Kids

posted Sep 21, 2015, 9:44 AM by Jude Raffeinner

5 Tips for Sharing Photos
This article has some great information for anyone wanting to share photos safely.

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