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Connect[ED]

Connect[ED] is a free bilingual web based resource that teaches students in Grade 4, 5 & 6 how to be safer in an ever-changing world of technology.

Connect[ED] focuses on the development of the fundamental problem solving and decision making skills that will enable students to ethically apply Internet safety rules as they make informed decisions online in a way that replicates the decisions they would make in real life. Content focuses on netiquette, online privacy and security and online relationships, including cyberbullying. Directly linked to the Health and Physical Education and Media Literacy curricula, Connect[ED] includes grade specific video episodes with directly linked lesson plans and includes supports for both educators and parents.

The resource is also available as a DVD and has been disseminated to all publicly funded Ontario schools, as well as all elementary First Nation schools in Ontario, that have Grade 4, 5 and 6 classrooms. The lesson plans have also been integrated into Ophea’s Health and Physical Education (H&PE) Curriculum Resources: Grades 1-8. Training Supports are available on the Teacher Training section of the Connect[ED] website at www.reallifeonline.ca/Teacher-Training.

Connect[ED] is available in English and French.

For more information and to visit the resource, go to www.reallifeonline.ca.

Funding for Connect[ED] was provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Partners: The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (University of Toronto), the Legal Studies program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Kids Help Phone, TVO Kids and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).