Students from kindergarten to fifth grade, along with their parents, learned some important information to help kids stay safe online. The Payette Primary School and Idaho PBS hosted the fun family night for 21st Century Community Learning Center’s Afterschool and Kindergarten families on Jan. 16. The event included STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities and ice cream sundaes, in addition to guidelines for safely navigating the internet.

For the younger students, Samantha Hill, PBS Family Engagement Specialist, taught parents how to protect their children’s privacy online by being cautious of pictures they post on social media, as well as privacy settings. She also informed them about the importance of co-viewing and interacting with their children while they are interacting with media. For the older kids, Hill talked to parents about ways they could keep their children safe and about being aware of what their kids are doing online. She then had them create an internet safety contract.

Kari Wardle, Idaho Public Television Teacher Ambassador, taught kindergarten through second graders not to share passwords, names or addresses. In addition to these safety measures, she taught the third through fifth graders about how to interact safely online, especially on social media platforms.

When not learning about Internet Safety or eating their sundaes, kids enjoyed coding, building with Keva Planks, coding a KIBO robot, discovering pattern blocks, and making friendship bracelets. 

The Center says Idaho PBS’ Samantha Hill and Kari Wardle as well as a host of volunteers helped make this event possible, along with everyone who attended

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