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 Modeling and helping students learn about Internet safety is the responsibility of every adult in our students' lives, including teachers in all subject areas and parents at home. As adults learn more about wise online behavior and build awareness of our own digital footprints, we must continue to share and openly discuss these issues with the young people in our classrooms and homes. Use these resources to stay up to date on the pros and cons of technology's capabilities. Build awareness instead of fear as you and your students discover how the power of the Internet can be harnessed for safe learning and communication.  Be sure also to visit the TeachersFirst Edge for teacher-friendly tips on using today's web tools safely and within school policies. 

 

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Digital Compass - Common Sense Media

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5 to 9
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Digital Compass is an animated interactive designed to teach middle school students about digital citizenship. Each of the eight characters demonstrates a different topic such as cyberbullying...more
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Digital Compass is an animated interactive designed to teach middle school students about digital citizenship. Each of the eight characters demonstrates a different topic such as cyberbullying and Internet safety. Along the way players choose different options. Some choices have positive results, and others have negative consequences. Find an Educator Guide for suggestions about how to use this tool in the classroom and PDFs for a Quick Start Guide and the Teacher's Guide.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (132), digital citizenship (42), internet safety (117)

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This site is perfect to incorporate into any digital citizenship lessons. Complete activities together on your interactive whiteboard while making appropriate and inappropriate choices along the way. Create a link on your class website or blog for use at home. Be sure to share Digital Compass with parents to use as part of their online safety discussions at home. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.
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Watchkin - Alan Cheney

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K to 12
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Watchkin provides tools for a safer and cleaner view of YouTube videos. Use Watchkin to remove text, comments, thumbnail images, and most ads from any video on YouTube. Copy and ...more
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Watchkin provides tools for a safer and cleaner view of YouTube videos. Use Watchkin to remove text, comments, thumbnail images, and most ads from any video on YouTube. Copy and paste the video URL into the Watchkin search box for automatic redirection to the clean version of the video. Install the bookmarklet on your search engine toolbar for easy video clean up while on the YouTube site. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): internet safety (117), video (215)

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How often do you find great clips and video shorts from YouTube and you cannot show them or are afraid to show them even if you can get them through the school filter? Try using this to show clips or long videos to your class via an interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Thinkuknow - Crown

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1 to 12
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Stay safe online and to know what to do if you need help. Go to ThinkKnow, a website dedicated to Internet safety for young people. Find safety information, how to ...more
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Stay safe online and to know what to do if you need help. Go to ThinkKnow, a website dedicated to Internet safety for young people. Find safety information, how to have fun, stay in control, report a dangerous situation, songs, and activities geared toward educating young people about safe Internet use. Grouped by age, find information for 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14+, parent, and teacher areas to target the appropriate information. Some videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): digital citizenship (42), internet safety (117), professional development (95)

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Before you begin work with any tool on the Internet, educate students with the most important lessons, keeping safe! Choose the age group and follow the lessons together as a group on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Continue discussions on your class blog. Add parents to your blog so they can reinforce lessons on Internet safety. Then it is time to introduce the Appropriate Use for Technology permission form, and this will now make sense to kids. Bookmark this site on classroom computers so students can refer to the information. Be sure to offer as a tool for parents to review and reinforce at home. At your technology night, have this up on your projector screen while parents are entering, so all get a needed reminder. Be sure student technology clubs examine and understand the concepts. Have the student technology club make their own videos introducing safety concepts.
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Safe YouTube Videos - Wessam El Mahdy

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K to 12
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Confidently share YouTube videos without distractions or offensive comments with Safe YouTube (no registration required!). Paste the URL of a YouTube link into the bar to generate a...more
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Confidently share YouTube videos without distractions or offensive comments with Safe YouTube (no registration required!). Paste the URL of a YouTube link into the bar to generate a safe view link and begin viewing. Use links provided to download or share through social networking sites. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): classroom management (105), internet safety (117), video (215)

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Share "distraction-free" videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Removing distractions and having confidence in removing any offensive content makes for a better learning experience. Use this tool to limit distractions for your ADD/ADHD, Autistic, unfocused Gifted, and other special needs students. Less distraction = better learning experience for all.

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Online Tracking: You're Being Watched - backgroundcheck.org

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Learn about the digital trail you leave as you browse online and how to manage it with this helpful infographic. Information includes who is tracking you and how they do ...more
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Learn about the digital trail you leave as you browse online and how to manage it with this helpful infographic. Information includes who is tracking you and how they do it as well as what they may do with the information gathered. Helpful tips offer advice for what you can do to opt out of tracking and become more secure online.

tag(s): digital citizenship (42), infographics (44), internet safety (117)

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Share this infographic on an interactive whiteboard or projector as you discuss online safety in your classroom. Be sure to share this information with parents for discussion at home. Use the code provided to embed the infographic on your class web page or blog. Have students explore different topics on this site and then create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.

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NetSafe Utah - UEN-TV and partners

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K to 12
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NetSafe Utah provides a variety of online Internet safety resources for students, parents, and educators. Begin by choosing a category to find resources. Student information is available...more
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NetSafe Utah provides a variety of online Internet safety resources for students, parents, and educators. Begin by choosing a category to find resources. Student information is available for younger kids or teens. All sections include videos, stay safe information, and links to Get Help (such as the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force). The teen section also includes interactives. The link to these will take you outside the site to tools like PBSKids. Some of these will require Flash.

tag(s): cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (42), internet safety (117)

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Take advantage of the many resources on this site when teaching Internet safety lessons. Download materials from the Trainers Toolkit for use with lessons. Create a link to videos on classroom computers or share a link on your class web page for students to view at home. Ask students to visit the site and create online posters, individually or together as a class, about the information they learn there. Use a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here.
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Ultimate Student Copyright Guide - Quality Nonsense, Ltd.

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6 to 12
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This is a tool that explains everything you need to know about copyright, and then some! Learn what copyright is and is not, what it protects, what Public Domain is, ...more
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This is a tool that explains everything you need to know about copyright, and then some! Learn what copyright is and is not, what it protects, what Public Domain is, what the difference is between Copyright and Plagiarism, and a LOT more. Do you remember what the acronym DMCA stands for? Click on the twelfth item in the Table of Contents to find a link to The Ultimate DMCA Guide for Students. Hint: Copyright Infringement Consequences. There are several other pertinent links and resources listed under Table of Contents item twelve. In the middle of the page, under Derivative Works, is a very cool video featuring John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars. The video is about buying copyrighted material or sharing the profits gained from it. Another video referenced is Copyright Basics. Both videos are on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): copyright (47), digital citizenship (42), plagiarism (31)

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This site is a must-share with students for all middle school and secondary teachers. Bookmark and save this site to use for discussion questions and factual information on plagiarism. As you use digital media, be sure to discuss copyright with students. Create a set of rules or reminders as a class to post in the classroom or on a class website or blog. Share this site with parents at Back to School night for their use at home. Share a link to the site in a prominent place on your class website or blog for student reference at any time.

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BrainPOP Digital Etiquette - BrainPOP

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3 to 12
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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning digital etiquette. View the interactive video to learn proper etiquette to use while online in forums like...more
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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning digital etiquette. View the interactive video to learn proper etiquette to use while online in forums like message boards, blogs, gaming, emails, and instant messaging. Lesson ideas and activities provide opportunities to learn to recognize and combat online bullying and also learn essential Internet vocabulary. Be sure to check out the Lesson Ideas section with lessons aligned to Common Core Standards.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (42), internet safety (117)

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Use resources on this site as part of any digital etiquette and online safety lesson. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage reviewed here.
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Who Is Hosting This? - Quality Nonsense, Ltd.

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K to 12
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How can you tell if a website has reputable information? This site is a necessity for any online research. Who Is Hosting This provides an infographic to determine whether a ...more
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How can you tell if a website has reputable information? This site is a necessity for any online research. Who Is Hosting This provides an infographic to determine whether a site is valid and the criteria for evaluating for credibility. Follow the steps on the infographic to determine whether a site is a valid source. In addition to using the infographic, click the Who Is Hosting This banner at the top or bottom of the page to get to a search bar. Enter the website URL to find who is hosting that site.
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tag(s): internet safety (117), search strategies (27)

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Use this site to show the steps in evaluating a website. Be sure to use a projector or interactive whiteboard to follow the steps together as a class for clarification. Be sure to include this link on your class web page for easy access to this site. Split the class into groups and provide them with one reliable and one unreliable website. Have them use this tool to determine which is the valid site. As a group, they should state specifically how the sites met (or did not meet) the criteria. Print the infographic and post in your classroom for review.

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Netsafe NetBasics - Netsafe

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4 to 9
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NetBasics offers animated stories that address common risks and issues facing computer users. Topics include phishing, dangerous downloads, password protection, and more. Upon completion...more
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NetBasics offers animated stories that address common risks and issues facing computer users. Topics include phishing, dangerous downloads, password protection, and more. Upon completion of each video episode, view helpful tips and hints for staying safe online. Choose links to "Your Computer Security" or "Protect Your Stuff" to see hints without watching videos.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (42), internet safety (117)

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View videos and advice together on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of your Internet safety lessons. Ask students to visit the site and create a multimedia presentation about the information they learn there. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos about online safety and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.
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That's Not Cool - Futures Without Violence

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6 to 12
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Find tools to help you establish your digital line about what is or is not okay in your relationships at That's Not Cool. The site provides digital examples of controlling, ...more
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Find tools to help you establish your digital line about what is or is not okay in your relationships at That's Not Cool. The site provides digital examples of controlling, pressuring, and threatening behavior to raise awareness about and prevent teen dating abuse. Choose from different site resources such as videos, callout cards, and games to learn how to protect yourself online. Some of the topics shared are not appropriate for younger students. Be sure to preview!

tag(s): cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (42), internet safety (117)

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Share a link to That's Not Cool on your class website for students to access from home. Be sure to share this site with parents so they can have a conversation about the topics found here with their students. Discuss topics on this site as part of your Internet safety lessons. Share this site with school counselors as a resource for teens facing online safety issues.
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Digital Citizenship - NSW Department of Education and Communities

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Digital Citizenship offers a large number of resources for teaching digital citizenship for students of all ages, teachers, and parents. Choose from primary, secondary, or parents to...more
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Digital Citizenship offers a large number of resources for teaching digital citizenship for students of all ages, teachers, and parents. Choose from primary, secondary, or parents to begin. Each section includes videos, games, and activities for learning responsible digital citizenship. The site was created in is Australia. American English speakers may notice some slight differences in spellings and pronunciations.

tag(s): cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (42), internet safety (117)

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Bookmark Digital Citizenship for use in any Internet safety lesson or unit. Create a link to individual games or activities on classroom computers. Be sure to share a link to this site with parents for use at home.
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Mission Possible: Successful Online Research - Answers.com

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Begin a research unit with Mission Possible, a downloadable online movie promoting research skills, effective searches, writing skills, citations, and Internet safety. Along with the...more
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Begin a research unit with Mission Possible, a downloadable online movie promoting research skills, effective searches, writing skills, citations, and Internet safety. Along with the video, find an accompanying teacher lesson plan for providing a great start for the introduction of a research project. A student worksheet goes along with the lesson.

tag(s): internet safety (117), search strategies (27)

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Before beginning a research project, either introduce or review the process of researching a topic. Put a link on your class website so students can refer to this video for additional review.
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Teaching Digital Citizenship - Cable Impacts

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Find ready to use standards-based lessons that teach digital citizenship for grades 4-8. Lesson topics include Communication and Collaboration, Digital Citizenship, Privacy, Media Literacy,...more
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Find ready to use standards-based lessons that teach digital citizenship for grades 4-8. Lesson topics include Communication and Collaboration, Digital Citizenship, Privacy, Media Literacy, Cyberbullying, Copyright, and Information Literacy. Integrate these digital citizenship lessons into the content area subjects, ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Most lessons start with a video for the adult and also have a video for the student. Download videos in a variety of formats (mp4, WMV, MOV) or copy the link provided. The Media Literacy lessons have several examples of advertisement videos that use YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. Under Tools and Resources find a professional development webinar that hosts a middle school teacher discussing digital citizenship.

tag(s): copyright (47), cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (42), media literacy (46), plagiarism (31)

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At the beginning of the year, use the lessons included as a basis for developing a school digital citizenship program or even use with your own class. Use at a parents' informational night to describe the type of lessons that help address responsible digital citizens. Post a link on your class website for parents to view at home. Create a school mission statement regarding technology use or rules for technology. When doing research projects, be sure to review.
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Cyberbullying: How to Make it Stop - Scholastic

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Cyberbullying: How to Make it Stop is a short article addressing the ongoing issue of cyberbullying. Information includes defining cyberbullying, how to recognize signs of bullying,...more
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Cyberbullying: How to Make it Stop is a short article addressing the ongoing issue of cyberbullying. Information includes defining cyberbullying, how to recognize signs of bullying, how to involve parents, and what schools can do. Be sure to check out the list of five websites teachers should watch out for that offer breeding grounds for cyberbullying. Print or email the article using the links on the page.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (42), internet safety (117)

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Share this article with parents on your class web page or email using the email link. Print and share the article as part of your class discussion of Internet safety and digital citizenship. Share this article with other staff members, including school counselors as part of your Internet safety discussion.

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Optimum Community - CSC Holdings LLC

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Optimum Community, part of Cablevision, tries to connect, engage, and empower people in their communities. Charity Champions organize schools and communities to engage in volunteerism...more
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Optimum Community, part of Cablevision, tries to connect, engage, and empower people in their communities. Charity Champions organize schools and communities to engage in volunteerism in charities promoting leadership and stewardship. The Past Winners section shows an activity plan and portfolios of previous winners. The section Digital Smarts includes a blog, online tools, and resources that encourage safe use of technology. The participating areas of New Jersey, Greater Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City, and Connecticut show events organized to help and educate the community.
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tag(s): communities (30), digital citizenship (42), problem solving (227), service projects (21)

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In your classroom, look at this site for ways to inspire ideas for stewardship, volunteering, leadership, and for problem-based learning community projects. View the topics from past winners, and examine your community to see what areas of need there are. Gifted classes can find ideas for problem-based learning projects.
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19 Topics to Teach in Digital Citizenship - And How - Jacqui Murray

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Learn the 19 most important topics to teach for Digital Citizenship. Also, get many great ideas for resources by grade level K-8 with this interesting article. Most resources discussed...more
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Learn the 19 most important topics to teach for Digital Citizenship. Also, get many great ideas for resources by grade level K-8 with this interesting article. Most resources discussed in the article also include a short description of how others have used it in the classroom.
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tag(s): copyright (47), creative commons (19), cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (42), internet safety (117)

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Bookmark this article for finding resources and understanding topics to be included when teaching Digital Citizenship. Share during professional development sessions and during meetings when discussing digital policies at your school. For older students, have groups split up the 19 topics to research and present to the class. Use a tool like Zoho Show (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free), reviewed here, to present findings. Be sure to share information from this article with parents to discuss with their student.

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5 Steps to Internet Safety - Vicki Davis

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4 to 12
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Download the 5 Steps to Internet Safety handout using this handy link. The handout includes the 5 steps to complete when faced with questionable Internet situations. In addition to...more
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Download the 5 Steps to Internet Safety handout using this handy link. The handout includes the 5 steps to complete when faced with questionable Internet situations. In addition to the 5 keywords (stop, screenshot, block, tell, and share), each keyword includes advice for completing the step. Click links to view the document in Full Screen, download, or print.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (43), internet safety (117)

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Print this flyer to display in computer labs and classrooms. Provide each student with the handout to place in notebooks. Share information with parents through a link on your class website or blog.
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Own Your Space - Linda McCarthy

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6 to 12
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Download a free digital book with tips and information on computer and online safety. Written for teens and tweens, the book offers advice in an informative and easy to read ...more
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Download a free digital book with tips and information on computer and online safety. Written for teens and tweens, the book offers advice in an informative and easy to read manner. Download the entire book or choose individual chapters with titles such as Going Social and Friends, Creeps, and Pirates. Choose downloads in XPS or PDF format.

tag(s): ebooks (39), internet safety (117)

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Share a link to Own Your Space on your website for parents to access at home. Print chapters as needed for online safety lessons or to discuss specific problems that arise with your students. Assign different chapters to groups of students then have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.
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