Virginia public schools provide age-appropriate instruction in Internet safety and all of the commonwealth's school divisions are required to develop acceptable Internet use policies. The Virginia Department of Education assists by developing guidelines for instructional programs related to Internet safety and by providing technical assistance to school divisions in the development of policies to protect children from cyber bullying, online abuse and other dangers.
Internet Safety and You, an online resource featuring Garfield, the cat, and other characters from the popular cartoon strip.
- Essential Elements of ITC Literacy (PDF)
- Guidelines and Resources for Internet Safety in Schools (PDF)
- Related Resources for Internet Safety in Schools (PDF)
- Recent Studies, Surveys and Reports Regarding Internet Safety (PDF)
- Acceptable Use Policies: A Handbook
- Glossary of Related Terms (PDF)
- Division implementation Rubrics for Acceptable Use Policy and Internet Safety Program (PDF)
- Ideas for Integrating Internet Safety into the Classroom (PDF)
- The Correlation of Career and Technical Education Courses to Cyber Safety Issues (PDF)
- Cyberbullying and School Policy (PDF)
- Sexting: Implications for Schools (PDF)
Related Narrated PowerPoint Presentations
- Guidelines and Resources – Overview
- Professional Development
- Resources for Implementation
- Lesson Plans – Examples for Integration in K-12 Instruction
- Implementation Rubrics
- The Bedford County (VA) Sheriff's Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Michael J. Brown and through the Operation Blue Ridge Thunder Program, has made arrangements for Virginia school divisions to have access to NetSmartz materials from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, as a tool to assist in the implementation of a division's program for Internet safety. The downloadable versions are available on the NetSmartz's Web page for Virginia.