Internet Safety

Pleasantdale Middle School aims to support students, families, and community members both in and outside of school.  In today's world, we know this includes supporting students with making safe choices online.  It is our hope that the resources below will provide parents with tools to guide conversations with their children about making positive choices related to social media and device usage.  If you have a resource that you think the community would benefit from seeing, please contact us to let us know. 

Helpful Resources
  • Common Sense Media
    Common Sense Media is a helpful web resource for "parenting, media, and everything in between."  The blog is updated regularly with timely posts, and the "Parent Concerns" tab provides resources related to social media, cyberbullying, cell phone usage, and many other topics.
  • IL Attorney General
    The Illinois Attorney General's office provides a wealth of resources related to internet safety as it relates to safeguarding children.
  • StaySafeOnline.org
    This website, powered by National Cyber Security Alliance, provides tips for "Raising Good Digital Citizens."  There are also additional resources related to cyberbullying, parental controls, and gaming tips.
  • HealthyChildren.org
    The American Pediatric Association's website HealthyChildren.Org has a RadioMD segment related to teens and social media.  The recording is 10 minutes and is entitled "Teens and Social Media: Guidance for Parents."
  • Family Online Safety Institute
    The Family Online Safety Institute provides helpful resources related to "good digital parenting".  Videos, tip sheets, blogs, and additional resources are readily available to help parents talk with their kids about online safety and making positive choices online.
  • KidsHealth.org
    This page from KidsHealth.org provides web resources related to "teaching kids to be smart about social media."
  • Kids.Gov
    Kids.Gov provides multiple student-friendly resources related to online safety for grades 6 - 8.
  • Digizen
    Digizen is a website that provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS. It shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and how these relate to and affect their own and other people's online experiences and behaviors.
  • Device Home Checklist
    This checklist can be used to review content on your child's device.  This can be used to check a child's personal device or school-issued iPad.
  • Sample Cell Phone Usage Contract
    Feel free to use this sample cell phone usage contract to establish guidelines for device usage.
  • NetSmartz.org
    This website, sponsored by the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children, has helpful and easy to understand information on having conversations with children and teens about making safer and smarter choices while using their cell phones.