Resources to help teachers make decisions about digital citizenship including cybersafety, privacy, cyberbullying, and creating and using information responsibly and ethically.

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    The following resources will help you make decisions about policy and guidelines for the use of the internet in your school.

    Online Safety

    What goes on the internet stays on the internet!
    Students need to understand that information that is posted on the internet never really goes away. This short video helps explain the permanence of pictures and information placed online.

    Think Before You Post

    What you put online could impact jobs and career futures
    MySpace Job Search Video

    Parenting the Net Generation: A PowerPoint Presentation from Canadian Home and School Federation and Media Awareness Network. It is a great resource designed to educate parents about what kids do on the Internet and offer strategies for ensuring safe, wise and responsible Internet use in the home.
    Netzsmarts: Great resources including videos and lessons for parents, teachers kids and teens.
    SafeKids your family’s guide for making the internet and technology safe, fun and productive.
    Profile of a teen online victim: This article illustrates the characteristics and actions that create a victim… and its not always what we think.
    Cyber-safe Kids. Cyber-savvy Teens: resources and free booklets for parents. NOTE: The book of this title is available at Central Office.
    Center for Save and Responsible Internet Use (Tons of great resources)
    Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks: How teens manage their online identities and personal information in the age of MySpace.
    Students gullible online (summary of an article from the New York Times)
    The Internet's New Dr. Spock? ( All parents question how technology is affecting their kids. Henry Jenkins, a media scholar at MIT, is working on the answer.)


    Here are two videos (each less than a minute long) from the Ad Council designed to bring attention to the effects of cyberbullying. I find them very difficult to watch!
    Talent Show


    Social Networking

    Understanding Social Networking

    bebo.gifA social networking site is an online place where a user can create a profile and build a personal network that connects him or her to other users. In the past five years, such sites have rocketed into a phenomenon that engages tens of millions ofmyspace.jpg
    hi5.gifinternet users. More than half (55%) of all online teenagers ages 12-17 use online social networking sites, according to a new national survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
    The survey also finds that older teens, particularly girls, are more likely to use these sites. For girls, social networking sites are primarily places to reinforce friendships they already have; for boys, the networks also provide opportunities for flirting and making new friends.

    A student survey of grade nine and ten students illustrates student thought and opinion about Social Networking

    CREATING & CONNECTING Research and Guidelines on Online Social — and Educational — Networking is a report from the American National School Boards Association. Andy Garvin of the Learning.Now blog from PBS teachers summarizes and analyzes the report. Some of the highlights include:
    • Only 18 percent of students claimed they’d seen inappropriate language on social networking sites, while only seven percent said they had experienced cyberbullying. Similarly, only four percent acknowledged having conversations on social network that made them uncomfortable. In contrast, the survey also suggested that district leaders felt these incidents happened more commonly than reported by the students.
    • efforts to provide Internet safety information, both in formal and informal ways, are starting to pay off
    • students are learning to recognize various levels of potential threat and deal with them accordingly
    • parents have a higher expectation about the potential benefits of social media than educators
    Read these comments in context and follow the link to the full report (pdf 12 pages) at

    Another summary and Analysis - From e-school news (August 14, 2007)

    96 percent of teens use social-networking tools

    Ninety-six percent of U.S. students ages 9 to 17 who have internet access use social-networking technology to connect with their peers, and one of their most common topics of discussion is education, according to a new survey. Yet most schools have stringent rules against nearly all forms of online social networking during the school day. In light of the survey's findings, school leaders should consider reexamining their policies and explore ways they could use social networking for educational purposes, its authors say.

    Who is Watching Your Space? (2:63)
    MySpace.... oh so six months ago... however this is still worth watching)


    What Educators and Parents Can Do:
    1. Do an internet search for your child. Put their full name within quotation marks, e.g. “Donna Desroches”. Try Vivisimo. a clustering meta-search engine where all the archived conversations in which your child has used a particular screen name will be found. Searching for their name in google will find their social networking website. If the site is public you will be able to view it. You will also be able to find out what others are saying about your child on their sites. Don’t try to catch your kids but ask to see their site. Tell them you will be viewing their online world to see that it is safe. Talk to them about what is safe. Give them 48 hours to go and tear down all that may be unsafe and then sit down and view it with them.
    2. Set up a google alert using your child's name. Each time the name appears on the internet you will be notified via your e-mail. You will be able to view not only what your child is doing but what his or her friends are posting on the internet. NOTE: Alerts will not catch information in social networking spaces.
    3. Join the networking site that your child uses. If their profile is private you will not be able to see it unless you register with the site. You don’t have to put anything in it but you can explore it to understand how it works. Once you have logged-in you can search within the site for your child’s name, locate their profile and view it.
    4. Read the safety tips provided at the social networking site your child uses: e.g. Bebo Safety Tips and Hi5 Online Safety.
    5. Recently I listened to a podcast by Kevin Honeycutt, Building 21st Century Achievers, in which he suggested that parents informally create an Online Neighborhood Watch. When you are viewing your child’s page and you see something odd or unusual about their friend’s activities notify their parents. Look out for each other’s kids.//

    Most parents and educators are ‘digital immigrants’. Ask your student/child to help you understand the digital environment that he or she operates in. Talk to them about it and openly express your concerns.

    Resources Collected for December 3, 2008 Workshop