The Internet, aside from being a powerful and beneficial tool, poses a number of dangers to kids, teens and adults.   As part of our violence prevention efforts, DPI is working to increase our community’s knowledge regarding Internet safety for ALL ages.  Utilize these tools to help your students and other technology users to understand how safely navigate their world of technology.

Do you know about sexting?
Sexting is on the rise and in the News! Sexting is when someone sends sexually explicit images of themselves or others via cell phone or computer.

Sex + Texting = Sexting

Under Florida law, sending an image of a minor (to both the sender and receiver) can result in criminal charges. When the image is of a minor (under 18), the student runs the risk of being registered as a sex offender. It can be considered distribution and/or possession of child pornography. Did you know…? “No cell phones with cameras and/or video recording devices are permitted in the locker room/restroom area” of ANY public restroom or place where there is the perception of privacy (locker-rooms, tanning booths, etc.). Video Voyeurism is seen as a first degree misdemeanor burglary and trespass in the state of Florida.

Want to know more about cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is willful and repeated harm inflicted through the medium of electronic text. Research has shown cyberbullying is no less severe than traditional playground bullying and in many instances it is more psychologically harmful because there is no escape. Cyber-bullies are able to invade every facet of their victim’s existence, 24/7. Get more information and cyberbullying curriculum.
BCPS Social Media Use Guidelines

As per Policy 5306, Broward County Public Schools adheres to the belief that technology should play a vital role in meeting the needs of the broad range of abilities, disabilities, cultural backgrounds and ethnic populations represented in Broward District schools. To assure that technology shall a predominant role while being used in a safe and appropriate manner, BCPS has developed the Social Media Use Guidelines to provide direction for employees, students and the school district community when participating in online social media activities.

Internet Safety Resources and Links

Please Note: A program or website being mentioned here does not imply endorsement by the School Board of Broward County and does not necessarily reflect its views.  Contact the program developers directly for the most current information.

Abolish Bullying

The Anti-Defamation League

Anti-drug Parents

BEEP – for School District employees, the Discovery Health resource has innumerable videos, classroom exercises and lesson plans

Blueprints for Violence Prevention series. Boulder, Colo.: Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, 1999

Bully Free Alberta

Bullying Awareness Week

Bullying prevention activities from the National Crime Prevention Council

Bullying Resources – the website created by the Canadian educator who first used the term cyberbullying.

The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System

Chat codes

Common Sense Media – lessons on online safety, cyber citizenship, and cyberbullying grades K-12

Concerned Children’s Advertisers

Cyber Tip Line

FREE Prevention Resources: a list of materials and curriculum divided into the four strands of prevention. Teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents, reaching them online and in school.

The International Bullying Prevention Association

i-SAFE, Internet Safety Awareness and Education

National No Name Calling Week

NetSmartz 411 Parents’ and guardians’ premier, online resource for answering questions about Internet safety, computers, and the Web

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a Florida website dedicated to fighting Cybercrime and supporting Cyber Safety.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Sexual Predators Search

Stop Bullying Now!

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Teaches children and their caregivers strategies for safe Internet use, including methods of detecting and deterring online predators The place created by iSafe for students to hang out, learn about cyber safety and share their online experiences with others