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This issue's NetWatch features sites to help kids stay safe throughout the school year. Past editions of NetWatch and additional sites for some topics can be found online in the Archives.

by Lynda Scarrow

Safely back to school

Safe Canada


one-stop safety spot

Here's a great federal government site with national links to lots of safety information. See School Safety, Teachers and Kids for the most relevant material. Topics include: Chat/News Groups, Emergency Preparedness at School, Injury Prevention and much more.

School Bus Site



Simple, colourful animation makes the Ontario Safety League web site a good one for young children. Elementary-school student Sam walks kids through safely boarding, riding and dismounting the bus.

Childnet International


cyber safety for kids

UK-based Childnet International offers award-winning web sites like Blog Safety, Chat Danger and Know It All, where you'll find numerous teacher resources, strangely enough, under Know It All for Parents. This section includes Flash videos and cartoons and real people introducing you to applicable resources.


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introductory information gives a basic introduction to bash boards and other media. Related Resources offers lesson plans plus a glossary of web/instant messaging terms and links to other cyberbullying sites. Some important links on the site don't work.

stop cyberbullying

Canadian-based web site offers age-specific information. Choose the blue apple for teacher materials.

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Canada Safety Council


keeping kids safe everywhere

Easy to navigate, this site includes playground safety, field trips, water safety, scooters, skates and bicycles, sports and sun safety.

Food Allergy Initiative


quick access to allergy info

The New-York-based Food Allergy Initiative offers a good introduction to food allergies. Skip directly to Food Allergy Information and Living with Food Allergies at the top of each page. I like the by-allergy, image-based navigation beneath the top navigation. You'll also find downloadable posters and a comprehensive links page on the site.

Additional Resources

Allergy Safe Communities

Anaphylaxis - A Handbook for School Boards

Health Info - Allergies

Living With Severe Allergies

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

Child and Family Canada – Safety

Code Red Rover – Teaching Home Safety

Education Safety Association of Ontario - Health and Safety Links for Schools

Family Education – School Safety

National School Safety Center

Sick Kids – Safe Kids Canada

TeensHealth – Staying Safe

Teen Workers

NetSmartz - Teens

NetSmartz Workshops - Cyberbullying

School Bullies – Canada Safety Council

Stop Cyberbullying

Stop Bullying Now

Disney’s Adventures in Internet Safety

The Zone – British-based kid-generated videos, art, content against bullying

Kids and Cars

Bus Safety Colouring Pages

Elmer The Safety Elephant School Bus Safety

Staying Alive – School Bus Safety

Lynda Scarrow is the College's web editor. She can be reached at