Teaching Kids Internet Safety In The Classroom

By: Jericka Duncan
By: Jericka Duncan

At a public school in Manhattan a classroom foul of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are learning about privacy and social media.

Students at a Manhattan public school learn about internet safety. (CBS)

(CBS) -- A new program that teaches children about protecting their privacy on the internet is gaining popularity. At a public school in Manhattan a classroom foul of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are learning about privacy and social media.

Thirteen year-old Niesheima Smalls says the classes, which are taught by Fordham Law Students, are teaching her the do's and don'ts of social networking. From Facebook, Instagram, to Kik and video chat app Ovoo, Smalls said she maintains four social networking profiles, which she visits daily.

"I've changed my privacy settings," said Smalls.

The five-week program designed by Cameron Russell teaches privay basics and managing an online reputation. Tips include showing students how to turn off the location settings, that tell others where you are.

Students are also reminded that anything they post might eventually be seen by schools or future employers.

"We thought it would be great to give middle schoolers an opportunity to think about what privacy means to them and be able to address it before any problems occur," said Russell.

Fordham hopes the program will grow into a nationwide curriculum to help kids become smarter - and safer - when they are online.

The National Privacy Education Curriculum is available online through Fordham University’s Center on Law and Information Policy.

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