Chenango Forks High School has a CIA Agent club to mentor students on the appropriate use of the internet.
Chenango Forks began its internet safety program with a program called i-Safe, which is a nationally recognized Internet safety program founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress. It is a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth. i-Safe incorporates classroom curriculum with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the Internet a safer place. www.isafe.org After a few years of a partnership with i-Safe, i-Safe.org began to charge a fee for their services. Since we at Chenango Forks decided to continue on our own with the information we have learned through i-Safe and other internet safety organizations.
We have formed an advisory committee to plan the implementation and development of an Internet safety curriculum in grades K-12. We meet once a year with representatives from all grade levels, including teachers, computer personnel and administrators. We also have a parent representative on the committee.
What have we done?
Our initial need was to inform our faculties of the basics of Internet safety and what is appropriate at each building level. We presented an orientation on i-Safe, had presentations at faculty meetings, and placed Internet tips in the weekly faculty bulletins. We created a CIA Agent mentor group. This student group was trained in internet techniques and give presentations to students in the HP and KI buildings.
What will happen in the future?
The specific i-Safe curriculum will be incorporated into each grade level in a variety of ways by many different presenters. Internet safety is not a 'one week lesson' but it is something that needs to be stressed throughout the year. By using a combination of classroom teachers, librarians, computer lab assistants, principals, etc, the concept will be brought to students in a variety of formats.