Project B3 for Students
In District 47, we encourage and teach our students in 3rd-8th grades to Be Safe, Be Smart, and Be Kind on the internet through our annual Project B3 (projectb3.org) curriculum. We encourage families to discuss this program with their student and to consider how it can be extended to the home. For more information about the B3 program, see the links below. Parents are also encouraged to visit the Project B3 blog and check out the Project B3 handout from D47's 2018 Parent University event.
Internet Safety Guide for Parents
The internet and associated applications (educational, social media, and more) are filled with opportunities for learning, communicating, and sharing information. It is a valuable resource for children and adults alike. Like any community, the internet presents some risks that parents need to be aware of when providing access to their children, such as:
- Pornographic and sexually explicit material
- Hate messages and online bullying
- Violent and destructive materials
- Anonymous members of the internet community
- Fraudulent activities, scams, and hidden sales
Before getting into technical solutions, it is important to understand there are a number of non-technical and practical solutions to managing the online behavior of your student at home, such as:
- Keep the computer and/or phone visible in the home. For example, the computer or phone can only be used, charged, and stored in the public areas of the home.
- Set a time to collect phones for charging during the night and ensure that your student has adequate sleep (Related Article).
- Establish times to be “un-plugged” as a family, for example:
- Family dinnertime
- During homework time
- Before and after school
- Monitor social media accounts
- Know the social media accounts of your children
- Randomly check your child’s phone, gradually increasing trust and responsibility over time
- Be physically visible when your child is utilizing technology and have ongoing / open conversations with your children about what they see online.
- Remind your child that cell phone use is a privilege and not a right.
For more information about appropriate internet and technology use, visit the websites below: