In todayís world, many people choose to communicate via the Internet and cell phones. Youth especially have embraced new technologies such as text messaging, social networking sites, and digital cameras to share information and connect with friends. However, without proper guidance, these types of communication technologies can be dangerous to a childís physical and psychological well-being.
To help inform parents and educators about our childrenís online activities and to assist in their efforts to educate our youth regarding responsible and safe online behavior, the Attorney Generalís Office provides the following resources:
Internet Safety Training Modules
As a result of the Attorney Generalís Cyber Safety Summit, Madigan created Internet Safety Training Modules to provide schools with the tools they need to fulfill requirements under the Illinois School Code for annual, age appropriate Internet safety instruction to students in grades 3-12. (105 ILCS 5/27-13.3) Each of these age appropriate training modules covers topics facing youth today, including online exploitation, sexting, cyberbullying, and piracy. The modules are divided into three grade level groupings: grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
The accompanying webinar walks educators through each of these modules to describe the information covered and explain how educators can use the modules to educate their students about safe cyber behavior.
Stay Connected, Stay Informed Website
The Attorney General created the Stay Connected, Stay Informed website to provide parents, teachers, and students with the latest news and information about digital safety. It also features the E-Info Hotline, which is a phone- and Web-based resource staffed by the Attorney Generalís Internet safety specialists.