November 19, 2009

‘Internet Safety Training for Educators’ planned

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- While the Internet is a very useful resource, it doesn’t come without risks.

“Internet Safety Training for Educators,” a training session from Connect SI’s Project NetWise, in cooperation with Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the Franklin-Williamson, Jackson-Perry and Alexander-Johnson-Massac-Pulaski-Union Regional Offices of Education, will give educators valuable information about Internet safety.

The training is set for 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 4 in Room H127 in the “H” building at John A. Logan College, 700 Logan Road in Carterville.

“This is a great opportunity for educators to learn about Internet safety from one of the most savvy schools in Illinois when it comes to online safety, Collinsville Unit 10. Using interactive, hands-on training methods, Susan Homes will talk about creating lesson plans, implementing Internet safety in schools and other pertinent topics for today’s educators. Participants will also get to take home lesson plans and other resources that day,” said Kristan Simonton, special projects assistant for Man-Tra-Con, Corp.

Just as students learn to be safe navigating through their communities, they need to learn how to be safe in the Internet world. Through this training, educators will learn how to develop age-appropriate curriculum and safety practices to help their students do that. Teachers and administrators will work with their peers during the training, which includes PowerPoint presentations, group discussions geared toward teachers of varying ages groups, information about legal requirements for educators and details about implementing Internet safety protocol.

Participants get lesson plans and an online resources guide as well as Continuing Professional Development Units. Educators should bring their own laptop computers and power cords to the training session or inform organizers when registering if you don’t have a laptop to use.

The cost of the program is $35. You can register online at www.ConnectSI.Us. Or, go online and print the registration form and fax it to 618/453-5040, Attn: Connect SI, Room 202.

For more information, contact Clayton Black or Kristan Simonton at 618/453-5921 or by e-mail at