Our children have an incomprehensible access to technological tools and information at their fingertips, and they are leaving many of us behind, stumbling around in their dust when it comes to learning how to use these tools. Many students can get around the school filter in the blink of the eye, but with all of their techno-savvy, they are still immature when it comes to navigating on the Internet. No matter how careful we are, parents and teachers aren’t always present every time a child gets on the Web, so we have to teach our children why it’s important to be their own best filters. We can’t imagine our children walking into a porn shop or a strip club off the street, or even hanging out with a child molester, and yet the Internet has created virtual doors to all kinds of dangers for our children.
Often parents assume the school is teaching their children everything they need to know about life and Internet safety, and educators assume parents are training their children in all those areas of life knowledge that aren't covered in textbooks and courses. But in reality, too many children are missing a number of life lessons or common sense when it comes to the Internet, and they end up exposing themselves to harmful information or dangerous people cruising the Web for naïve young people.
I first created these little mini-posters of Shelf Mouse sharing nuggets of wisdom to place discreetly in the book shelves throughout the library for students to discover and read on their own. But I want teachers to be able to display them in their classrooms, too, so I have also included larger posters in the set that can be displayed and viewed anywhere in the room. This particular set of quotes on “The Internet” includes 2 pages of eight mini-posters with different messages, and 8 pages of individual larger posters of the same quotes I created during my years of learning and teaching Internet safety.
I am so excited to share these with you. Our kids are worth making every effort to teach them to navigate wisely through the virtual world of the Internet at their fingertips.
Donna Van Cleve