Cybersafety is an important component of teaching and learning. What are some ways or resources you use to keep your students safe?
Other resources include:
A PSA on Internet Safety
There are federal and National Standards about Internet Safety. What about your state standards. How does your state keep students safe? What are resources that you use with students/teachers?
SEC. 204. FTC CONSUMER ALERT ON INTERNET DANGERS TO CHILDREN.
(a) Information Regarding Child Predators and the Internet- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Federal Trade Commission shall--
(1) issue a consumer alert regarding the potential dangers to children of Internet child predators, including the potential danger of commercial social networking websites and chat rooms through which personal information about child users of such websites may be accessed by child predators; and
(2) establish a website to serve as a resource for information for parents, teachers and school administrators, and others regarding the potential dangers posed by the use of the Internet by children, including information about commercial social networking websites and chat rooms through which personal information about child users of such websites may be accessed by child predators.
(b) Commercial Social Networking Websites- In subsection (a), the terms `commercial social networking website' and `chat room' have the meanings given such terms pursuant to section 254(h)(7)(J) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 254(h)(7)(J)).
CyberSmart is a free curriculum that has 65 cyber safety lesson plans and student activity sheets. Lesson plans have been aligned with the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS•T). CyberSmart curriculum is recognized as the student curriculum for 21st Century skills and expert in cyber safety. CyberSmart is divided into five units in which they teach an important facet of Internet use. The five units are:
S afety & Security
M anners & Ethics
A dvertising Awarness
NetSmartz offers free, multimedia Internet safety presentations.
NetSmartz Safety Pledges NetSmartz recommends using the "Internet Safety Pledge" to promote safety discussions and create safer boundaries. The pledges correspond with pictures of the NetSmartz villains for their age group. This will assist children in remembering the Internet safety principles even if they are not able to read the words of the pledge. Pledges are in English and Spanish.
Here are some resources that are used to help meet Texas Standards
|CyberSmart||Sixty-five standard-based cyber safety lessons.|
|NetSmartz||Provides internet safety interactive games and videos.|
|netTrekker||netTrekker offers a number of websites to teach Internet safety. Once you have log in enter keyword Internet Safety and click search. You will be directed to over 70 different internet safety websites.|
|TEA Internet Safety||TEA provides links to Internet Safety activities and lessons.|
|Texas Schools Safety Center||The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) was created in 1999 by Governor George Bush and authorized by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001 to serve as a central location for school safety information.|
|iKeepSafe||Free online Internet safety resources, PSA videos and more.|
|The Safe Side||Free resource guide for teachers that reinforce Internet Safety.|
|Wired Safety||A variety of cyber safety videos, activities, and lessons.|
|Cyberbulling Research Center||Free resources to download to help prevent cyberbullying.|
|OnGuard Online||Provides tips and interactive games from the federal government and the technology industry on how to protect yourself from Internet.|
|Chat Danger||A site about the potential dangers of Internet safety includes online games.|
|Lesson Plans Page|
Internet safety lesson plans and other content areas.
|iKeepSafe lesson||Teach children the importance of information ownership and copyright and that common sense will help them to keep safe their computers and their integrity. video|
|Texas State University||Texas State University - Some good resources on Cyber Bullying appropriate for secondary students.|
|Net Cetera||Practical tips to help kids navigate the online world. PDF|
|Digital Literacy||Digital media literacy is a term that describes the set of critical thinking skills required for the effective use of digital media.|
|Internet Safety||Lessons on online safety and cyber bullying for elementary students|
|TEA Internet Safety Resources||In accordance with HB 3171, Section 38.023, the Texas Education Agency has developed and made available to school districts a list of resources concerning Internet Safety. In the navigation bar above are links to 3 types of pages which are for students, educators and parents. Within each of the pages are links that categorize different aspects of Internet safety and digital citizenship to educate and inform.|
Resources in Spanish:
Seguridad de Internet para Padres
Folleto de Seguridad Cibernetica en Español para descargar
Think Before You Post - Piensalo Antes de Ponerlo en la Red Cibernetica
Peligro de Internet - Video en Español Para Padres
Acoso De Internet
Que hacer si eres victima de acoso
10 Consejos Para Padres
Teacher resigns from posting personal student information on blog. See story.
When we have the discussion, how do we keep our students safe, is it also important to discuss how do we keep teachers safe? Many times we assume teachers know the rules and limits to posting, but they don't. How do we educate teachers in using social networks with students? How do we separate our personal networks from our professional networks. Share your thoughts on this subject.
While looking for another resource, I came across these resources for keeping students safe and educating them on digital citizenship.
Digital Citizenship: Using Technology Appropriately (Mike Ribble’s website)
Digital Citizenship: Resources for Teachers
What makes you such a good digizen?
Digital Citizenship and Creative Content: A Teacher’s Guide
DigiTeen: Digital Citizenship for Teenagers
Brainpop Spotlight: Digital Citizenship
I just had a discussion on CyberSafety with my District's IT director. He was telling me of new "blocked sites" and how hard the district was working to make sure our students remain safe. As we discussed the challenges his department faces, I was reminded of a keynote address I heard and shared the basic ideas with him.
Me: Are there roads near any of our schools?
IT Director: Yes - all of the schools have roads near them.
Me: Have there ever been any incidents of children being hit by cars?
IT Director: Yes, but it is not common.
Me: Don't you think we should block all cars from driving on roads near schools so no child gets hit?
IT Director: That's not the same thing.
Me: You are right - there are many different things that we should teach students to be safe around. The Internet is ONE of those things.
IT Director: "sigh" ...
I wondered if he was thinking "this guy just does not get it?"
I hope it helps someone ... I am not sure it will help my district. I also wish I could take credit for the original idea (I know I heard it in a Keynote, but can't remember who was giving the talk.) I of course modified the basic idea in the course of our discussion.
<soapbox> Really now ... why should we not prepare our students so they can be informed on how to safely navigate the Internet? </soapbox>
So ... the question now becomes ... How can we persuade IT people in different districts and states how important it is to train students how to safely navigate the Internet? What steps need to be implemented so we move from "blocking access" to "identifying appropriateness of access?" or ... Is this a problem of not trusting teachers to do what is right for students?
I don't think it is about trusting the teachers, I think it is about too many teachers not knowing any better. Too often I have seen teachers use classroom computers as "babysitters". The computers are used as a quick and easy activity that the students can use with little or no preparation on the part of the teacher. This mindset leads to a large amount of unsupervised, unstructured time where students can get into a lot of trouble on the computers. I am extremely grateful to the engage community for the conversations on the effective use of technology in the classroom. After participating in discussions, I am approaching my technology usage differently. I look forward to sharing this knowledge with my colleagues.
I also see teachers who do not monitor their students' computer use. One teacher left her entire class alone in the computer lab - NO adult supervision. When I spoke with her about it, I was told "These are my best students. None of them would do anything wrong." I believe such thinking goes right along with your comment that teachers think students do not need any training or supervision to use computers.
My experiences with middle school students leads me to the following conclusions:
What other technology basics do you see students challenged by? I really do not want any of my students to feel like the following error message applies to them.
My kids are in the same boat. With a great deal of persistence on my part, they are finally able to copy and paste (using keyboard shortcuts) with relative profficiency! However, their social networking skills put me to shame. They are masters of facebook! The basics are what I'm looking for. Can they open documents? Save documents? It's one thing to upload pics to facebook, but can they insert pictures into documents and document their source? For that matter, can our students document thier sources in any document!
My students have now also mastered the copy and paste using keyboard commands. I've not seen their Facebook skills (as it is blocked by my district.) We are still working on the difference between "Save" and "Save As." I hope they master this concept before school ends in May. We are also working on inserting images in documents (almost 70% of my students have mastered that now!)
I'm also working to help students remember to document their work ... this is a HUGE challenge. Do you have any hints based on what you have done?
Our state attorney general's office will come out to schools and do presentations on cyber safety for students and parents. Our parent seminar was very well attended and it was during the school day. I like how they did separate sessions for the students and parents. Does anyone else have a program like this in their state? How effective do you think a program like this can be for schools?
Safeshare.tv ( www.safeshare.tv) is a website through which you can show YouTube videos without all the other thumbnails and advertisements around the video. You probably knew this already! I'm not sure if this is new, but just was reading about it the other day.
Vanessa, I have been telling teachers about safeshare.tv as well. The problem we are finding is that if a district has YouTube blocked, then the safeshare.tv link does not work. Even though there is no reference to YouTube in the URL, the filters are picking up the fact that it is coming though a proxy server.
If the teacher really wants to show a YouTube video, they are just as well off sending the share link to a site like Zamzar and converting to a format that they can show at school.
I love to make lessons in TrackStar. This web tool allows me to control where my lessons take my students. It is an old site that many educators forget to use, but I still love to keep it for many class projects. I also have installed Synchroneyes. This allows me to see the screens of all my students and I can print their screen if absolutely necessary.
A few years ago I became an ISafe certified teacher. It was a great workshop and they have a lot of great free resources that are fun to use with students.
If there is an opportunity for you to also attend an I Safe seminar, I recommend it.
Vanessa, powerful video. I used to do Internet Safety Assemblies at the districts in the county. For some reason, it's bee almost two years since anyone asked for one. I'm not sure what the cause of that is, but it seems to that I should be asked to do more, not less. The Internet is a great place, but, if we don't teach our students that everything may not be what is seems to be, we will continue to have the problems shown in the video.
Thanks for sharing.
A colleague and I just finished teaching an online course for teachers on digital citizenship and found that this has become a very serious issue for not only middle and high school students, but shockingly for elementary students, too. We discovered that some had Facebook pages and were allowed to freely use the computer. For their final project the participants had to develop an action plan for addressing Internet safety in their schools. Some of the ideas included parent town meetings, student assemblies, student mentor clubs, and information tables for PTA meetings. The underlying theme was awareness and education. Our discussions concluded that our education efforts must include students, teachers, parents, and the community.
That sounds like a really interesting online course. I have been hearing a lot about online Bullying and CyberSafety , but I did not know we need to have this in the elementary schools as well. I think you have a made a great point with getting the parents involved at an early age.
Thanks for the info,
The topic is very enlightening and important... I am really glad someone bought it up....
I would like to share how i feel about Cyber Safety....
Especially for developing countries... where technology is still being introduced in the remote areas....where the parents are not aware of what their children are learning and getting into...the responisbility of guidance on cyber safety rests with the teacher...only if she/he herself knows something about it...
If i would have been in a position to add up some new topics in the standard governmental curricula...i would surely add topics pertaining to cyber safety in the computer books...
Fatima that is a great idea. With computer education made compulsory from grade 6 onwards in all govt. schools and books published, it is evident that this issue has not been addressed and it is time to remind govt. to take necessary action and add a chapter on Cyber Safety for our students/parents/teachers awareness.
I am invited as a Speaker in a Seminar tomorrow at IER-Punjab University with respect to Global Campaign for Education in Global Action Week (May 2nd to 8th). The seminar is about Education-The Right of Every Woman. I will use the opportunity to address this issue and make Govt. representatives realize how important it is for the safety of our students especially female.
Recently my school's IT guy came in smiling and said he acquired licenses for LAN school for all my computers! He installed the student component and then added the teacher component to my computer. When we are online now, I provide students direct instruction as needed (e.g. what site we are using, or any necessary log-in information.) I then turn on my "Teacher" app and it shows a small image of all student computer images on my screen. While projecting this app, I wander the classroom and am able to quickly glance to ensure my middle student students are in appropriate locations. I'm disappointed that it "does not" teach students to be safe, but it does ensure safety while in my room.
It is very essential and interesting topic. There is need of addition of this course in the syllabus too. Teachers as well as students must have a knowledge about cyber safety. I am sure both will take lot of interest in it. also there is need of setting a logical and impressive parameters of it.
In case you missed it...
Below are highlight resources from the Discovery Education Fall Virtual Conference on Cybersafey
The Georgia Cybersafety Initiative: http://www.gpb.org/education/cybersafetyintheageofcyberbullying
This video http://youtu.be/xZHq4CQekTY I have also been using for two years. It is the most effective video showing it to both educators and students. I actually showed this to a bunch of 12 year olds and they were shocked. It is a great conversation starter. Good find!.
Awareness is important. Give some advantages and disadvantages of using Social networks whether it is personal or not. Today many students are not aware of what is good and bad with using cyber net or entering with a social network site. We better to post the House Rules inside the clubhouse near at the computer or in front of the user for they're aware of what site is not suitable for their age.
Sometimes rulers is the one who brake the laws, maybe... You need to follow what's the rule is then the members should follow your steps. Have a good day.