Dear Education Partner,
We are so glad that you and your students are joining us for Safer Internet Day 2017 at the National Constitution Center! Please take a few minutes to read through the following information about the event including suggestions for preparing for the day. We need your help to make Safer Internet Day a success!
Background on Safer Internet Day
Please tell your students about Safer Internet Day, that it began in Europe 13 years ago and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries around the globe – this year, all on February 7th. The event they’re attending is the official U.S. celebration. The agenda is here.
“What Would George Washington Think of the Internet?” Activity
Your students will learn about how the authors of the United States Constitution felt about freedom of speech, press, and information. They will also discover that the founding fathers were concerned about citizens’ privacy and protecting people from being falsely convicted of wrongdoing. In an age when information, whether it is true or untrue, is at all of our fingertips, would the authors of the Constitution react? Are we holding true to the meaning of and intentions behind the document?
To prepare you and your students for this activity, we will send some short prep materials the week before the event. (Middle and high school students only.)
When you arrive at the Constitution Center, a ConnectSafely representative will give each of your students a raffle ticket and “passport.” The passport looks like a bingo card with spaces for each Safer Internet Day exhibitor. Please encourage your students to visit and interact with each of our exhibitors, who have prepared short enrichment activities for the students. Representatives at each table will stamp the passports. Students who get their passport stamped by at least 4 exhibitors will receive a goody bag at the end of the event.
We hope for active participation from the audience during the program, both in person and online, so please encourage middle and high school students to bring their phones. Students can tweet using the hashtag #SID2017 to add their voice to the global Safer Internet Day discussion. And please do encourage your students to ask or answer questions at the mic during the event – we want to hear from them!
We know that students and their parents sometimes feel they should dress more formally for important events, but we want all of our guests to feel comfortable. We suggest students dress as if it were a regular school day.
We have arranged speakers and panels to engage the students and will have activities catered to the students. During the program, attendees are asked to remain in their seats out of respect for the speakers and to minimize disruption. We’ll have plenty of breaks and opportunities to walk around.
Please arrive at the National Constitution Center between 8:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. The formal program starts at 9:30 a.m. Directions for arriving by school bus, car or public transportation.
We know how hungry students get! We will provide lunch, and beverages will be available throughout the day. (Please note: No food or water is allowed in Kirby Auditorium.)
Please bring signed media releases for all student and adult participants coming from your school. Scanned copies are fine.
Self-Guided Museum Tour
We invite you and your students to explore the museum when the program ends at 1 p.m. for elementary students or 2:30 p.m. for middle and high school students. The museum closes at 5 p.m.
We at ConnectSafely appreciate all you have done to bring your students to the event and we look forward to meeting you at the National Constitution Center!
Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely Director of K-12 Education