Vigo County teaching “netiquette”

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Over 90 percent of tweens and teens use the internet on a daily basis.

It’s one of the reasons school corporations across Indiana have begun teaching more than proper usage of the World Wide Web.

In Vigo County, educators are teaching kids the dangers of the internet as soon as they can log on.The information super highway over the last ten years has entered just about every aspect of our lives; from reading, to shopping, to social networking.

“I think as a society we’re not really prepared for all the associated consequences,” Jerry Hargis, Vigo County schools director of technology said. “The idea that there might be an appropriate way to behave on line (which begs the question): who is going to teach you that?”

The answer could be your child’s school.

Hargis and several members of the schools’ administrative team developed a program to begin teaching elementary grade students what experts call netiquette.

“The material is geared towards particular age groups and the content was evaluated for appropriateness and the types of lessons we wanted to teach at each grade level,” Hargis explained.

Their curriculum uses on line resources like netsmartz.org. Online students play games or read interactive stories that teach lessons regarding safety online or how to know what they are reading online is accurate.

As of now, the first lessons are being presented in elementary and middle schools. Hargis expects high school students to see some of the lessons as well.

“I’m hoping that it’ll produce a generation of kids that are better off online and maybe eliminate some of the mistakes that 17-21 year olds have made,” Hargis said of his hope for the program.

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