Passport to the Internet is a MediaSmarts resource, which allows students in Grades 4-8 to test their “internet savvy” and learn how to improve their safety on the internet. This interactive tutorial teaches students the critical thinking skills they need to apply to their online experiences using simulations of the most popular Internet environments. This interactive resource teaches students key skills relating to:
- online safety
- authenticating online information
- recognizing online marketing ploys
- protecting their privacy
- managing online relationships
- dealing with cyberbullying
In December 2009 Passport to the Internet was honoured by the MEDEA Awards in the ‘Highly Commended’ category.
Log in at Passport to the Internet.
A student signs in by typing in a name, choosing an age level (primary or middle school), choosing an avatar to represent them, and arrives at the welcome screen above.
At this internet station (above), the student chooses one of the tutorials in the “station” to learn more. (Hover over the various parts of the station to find the activities available to you.)
For example, the ticket booth could take them to a “MyFace” page, at which they learn how much information is safe to share on the internet. The student fills in the various answers, then the program evaluates what they said, explaining the assessment. Another chance to set up the “MyFace” page is offered. The assessment is given on the screen, as well as read aloud to the student.
At the “Web Cafe”, the student sees various “website names” and chooses whether they look like safe sites to access, according to its description. If the student does well, he gets a chance to continue, or has the option to go to the next tutorial.
This is a fun, interactive program, and would give opportunity for parents to discuss internet safety with their students.
There is no charge for HCOS students using this program.
There are many great resources in the MediaSmarts site; they are free and you can try them out.
There is a teachers’ page with resources for using the site (English or French). Use your teacher login to access these.