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Course Offers Teachers Tools to Help Avoid Cyber Threats

4/6/2010 —

The Internet is a great teaching tool to use with students but along with helping them learn about Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, or Albert Einstein, it can also make them vulnerable to sexual predators or inappropriate Web sites. Penn State, The Lancaster Center (The Lancaster Center) is offering a course, Internet Safety for Educators, designed to help teachers discover ways to protect their students from the dark side of cyberspace. The course meets June 21 – 24 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., June 29 -30 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., and July 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A cyber world means cyber threats and this course will offer tools and resources for teachers to use with their students. The course covers current and emerging ways a cyber contact can lead to real-world danger, how young people communicate using technology and the risks those methods carry, and how to locate Web sites and agencies that can help. In addition, the social and legal risks that arise from Internet use and strategies to minimize that risk will be discussed.

This course may be taken as a 3-credit graduate course or as a noncredit course. Internet Safety for Educators is approved for Act 48 credits. Please call The Lancaster Center at (717) 299-7667 or (800) 828-6233 for cost and registration information. More information is also available by viewing the following PDF. To learn more about what’s available at The Lancaster Center, visit their Web site at www.lancastercenter.psu.edu. The Lancaster Center is located at 1383 Arcadia Road in the Farm and Home Center.

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