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Virginia Schools To Teach Internet Safety

First lesson: Creeps lie

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In an effort to prepare children and teens for the potential stranger danger on the Internet, Virginia is the first state to make Internet safety classes for all grade levels.

It’s hard being first and one might imagine all 49 pairs of eyes (assuming one set of eyes per state, of course) will be on Virginia to see how educators implement the program, the messages used, and the methods by which the program is evaluated.

Stranger Danger

According to Virginia-based WDBJ7.com, the state attorney general warned a group of high school students by showing what appeared to be the social networking profile of a 15 year-old girl, but was actually a 31-year-old serial child molester currently serving a 45-year prison term.

A half century in jail maybe fine in Virginia, but down on the bayou they’re considering castration as an option for dealing with guys like that. It’ll be fun to see who complains.

Otherwise, it seems pretty clear that other states will follow Virginia’s educational objectives, if not exactly their sentencing protocols. One day, Internet safety classes will be as normal as driver’s ed and drug abuse counseling, complete with state cops (and attorney generals these days) telling the most gruesome stories they can pull from their lemon squeezers.

(In my day, after watching a video reel where Pinocchio becomes unstrung by sniffing glue, a state trooper regaled us destined for delinquency 10-year-olds with tales of corroded nostrils and PCP-fueled bare-knuckles jail-cell brick removal. And then there was the little boy that got his head cut off….Sort of makes you long for the days when adults tried to scare you with fairy tales instead of actual events.)
 

Virginia Schools To Teach Internet Safety
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  • Ryan Lee Kempf

    I think this is a GREAT WONDERFUL THING!!!! it needs to be done in more states so that people are made aware  of how to use tthe internet and be safe the Internet is a wonderful tool  so lets teach people how to use it

  • not a fan of Virginia Plan

    Internet education as normal as drivers ed? Interesting comparison. Drivers ed has been completely phased OUT of schools in my state and the states near me. Too much of  a drain on school resources, so they are contracting it out to fly by night companies which are difficult to schedule with.  Kids have to wait forever to get the afterschool driving experience. And they can test out of the three week class if they read the drivers handbook and pass an easy test.

    On the other hand, teaching internet safety EVERY YEAR is complete overkill……I can’t imagine what they are going to say NEW to each year of children. The kids will hear the same thing year after year and will soon be tuning it all out. Better to just let the teachers incorporate admonishments and instruction into their regular lessons. Our schools are overloaded as is. When we add in blocks for internet classes, we have to take something else out. I see kids learning less and less academic material in VA when this comes in…….with all the new programs about so many peripherals, who has time to teach math anymore? Very few schools

     

     

  • http://blog.nohideip.com computer errors

    the state attorney general warned a group of high school students by showing what appeared to be the social networking profile of a 15 year-old girl, but was actually a 31-year-old serial child molester currently serving a 45-year prison term.
    good to know.

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