Internet Safety & Digital Literacy
Common Sense Media
This organization has provided outstanding resources for parents on how to navigate our media-rich 21st century world, and how to ensure students are becoming responsible, safe, and effective consumers of digital media. Click here to view the Parent Resources area
of Common Sense Media.
Here are some direct links to videos from the Parent Advice area:October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
The Department of Homeland Security has posted a website
to help families learn more about how to stay safe online.
Internet Filtering at Patriot
At Patriot, the Office of Instructional Technology and our School Security team take the safety of children on the internet very seriously. Prince William County Schools Regulation 295-1
(pdf) governs the appropriate use of school computer systems, and we adhere to the principles of these expectations to the best of our ability.
The county uses special filter technology to comply with our federal mandate under the Children's Internet Protection Act
, or CIPA. This national requirement compels schools to provide basic filtering against obscenity, pornography, and materials harmful to minors, as well as basic protections against network security issues like hacking. This filter is maintained by the PWCS Department of Information Technology Services at the school division level.
There is a great deal of debate amongst educators about balancing the need to proactively and meaningfully instruct children in media consumer skills that are so critical in a 21st century digital environment and the need to proactively and meaningfully protect children from potential exposure to illegal, illicit, or harmful materials. It is important for all of us who are involved in a child's development to play our part in helping strike this balance, and to keep our communities safe and secure.
As such, we invite you - student and parent alike! - to examine these materials to learn more about staying safe in the digital frontier.NetSmartz, Presented by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Website: NetSmartz for Teenagers
Website: NetSmartz for Parents/Guardians
Website: NetSmartz for Law EnforcementControlling Access to Specific Sites
Internet Explorer 6 and later users can use the Content Advisor
to provide basic blocking for specific websites.PWCS-Created ResourcesInternet Safety Presentation for Parents
Internet Safety Presentation for Instructional Personnel
PWCS Internet Safety Tips Web pageAdditional ResourcesFrom the Virginia State Police
From the Federal Bureau of Investigation