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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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Tweetchup - Alex Kaul

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4 to 12
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Tweetchup is an easy to use Twitter analytic tool. Registration is not required. Login with your Twitter account to view an analysis of your Twitter account stats. View mentions, average...more
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Tweetchup is an easy to use Twitter analytic tool. Registration is not required. Login with your Twitter account to view an analysis of your Twitter account stats. View mentions, average mentions per day, the potential number of followers you reach, and more. What makes Tweetchup different from other Twitter analysis sites is the ability to analyze other Twitter users' hashtags and keyword histories. Use the "Profiles" link to analyze the profile of any other Twitter user. The "Keywords" option allows you to enter any keyword to analyze the last 1600 tweets using that keyword. Your analysis includes recent tweets, most retweeted tweets, and most favorited tweets.

tag(s): internet safety (90), social networking (96), twitter (40)

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Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page. Use Tweetchup to find and analyze popular and viral hashtags. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Use Tweetchup to analyze your class Twitter account to find and improve content and connections. This is also a great way for students to realize the extent of their digital footprint!
 

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10 Minute Mail - Devon Hillard

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5 to 12
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10 Minute Mail quickly creates a "disposable" email address to use with web tools that require email registration/activation. The best part is that no registration is required to use...more
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10 Minute Mail quickly creates a "disposable" email address to use with web tools that require email registration/activation. The best part is that no registration is required to use this EASY site! Use 10 Minute Mail as your solution for registration on free, membership-required sites requiring individual sign-up using an email address. This is the spam, update, and junk email dumping ground! Your disposable email is only available for 10 minutes unless you click the link to extend your session another 10 minutes. The genius of this site is that it is temporary but completely functional for protecting individual identities. The only downside to using a short term email address is that you will never receive the "forgot my password" emails. You won't receive the endless annoying emails, either!
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tag(s): internet safety (90)

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Have students create a 10 Minute Mail address in the beginning of the school year as part of your introductory lesson on acceptable use procedures. Use 10 Minute Mail anytime you visit a site that requires registration, but you don't want to receive additional information. Be sure to share a link on your class website or blog for students (and parents) to use at home.
 

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Tocomail - Tocobox

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2 to 6
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Tocomail is a safe and simple email service just for kids. Create a parent email account and build a safe contact list for kids to email with. Once the account ...more
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Tocomail is a safe and simple email service just for kids. Create a parent email account and build a safe contact list for kids to email with. Once the account is set up, kids receive and send emails in a kid-friendly format. Tocomail includes additional features such as custom avatars, a drawing board, and a picture timeline. Receive email online or through free apps for iPhones and iPads. (An Android app is in the works.) Premium features (not free) allow parents more detailed controls.
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tag(s): digital citizenship (18), internet safety (90)

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Have students use Tocomail (with parent approval, of course) to correspond with each other from home with homework questions. Cooperate with parents to use Tocomail as a resource for teaching Internet safety and acceptable use of email. Ask them to set up accounts for their children and notify them when you will be asking students to write emails so they can see and monitor what children write along with you. Share with parents through your newsletter, back to school night, or blog as an alternative to typical email accounts. Together you can build good digital citizens and make electronic communication fun! Have students write you a "friendly letter" email for homework. Have them write an opinion piece with "arguments" a la Common Core and email it to a local official such as the school principal (and cc you so you can grade it). Encourage your ELL students to practice authentic writing skills by having them write emails to relatives.

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Strong Random Password Generator - Passwordsgenerator.net

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5 to 12
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Create safe passwords easily. Set the parameters for creating your new password: character length, use of capitals, numbers, characters, and more. Click "Generate secure password" to...more
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Create safe passwords easily. Set the parameters for creating your new password: character length, use of capitals, numbers, characters, and more. Click "Generate secure password" to obtain the password and a way to remember it (also generates a phonetic password to remember). Be sure to note their great advice about passwords for safety and security.

tag(s): internet safety (90)

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Have students partner share the advice about passwords. Discuss these and why they are important. Use this tool anytime a password is required for students. Share this link on your class web page for students (and parents) to use, too!

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K-12 Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum - Common Sense Media

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K to 12
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Common Sense Media offers this series of lessons related to Common Core standards and materials for teaching responsibility and proper behavior in the digital world. Be sure to browse...more
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Common Sense Media offers this series of lessons related to Common Core standards and materials for teaching responsibility and proper behavior in the digital world. Be sure to browse the online video library for topics of interest. Refine your search to specific topics such as celebrity influence on kids or marketing to children. Explore the interactive scope and sequence to find lessons for all grade levels in many topics. For example, you will find lessons and videos for Digital Footprint & Reputation, Self Image & Identity, Relationships & Communication, Cyberbullying, Internet Safety, Copyright, and more. Other educational resources include posters, interactive assessments, curricular toolkits, and self-guided lessons for high school students.

tag(s): cyberbullying (31), digital citizenship (18), internet safety (90), media literacy (36), social networking (96)

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Bookmark and save this website as your first stop for any lessons related to responsible digital behavior. Share a link to videos on your classroom website or blog for students (and parents) to view at home. Download and use lesson plans and materials as part of Common Core lesson planning. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). Have students collect ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr (reviewed here --quick start- no membership required!) demonstrating information presented in Common Sense Media lessons. For example, ask them to anonymously share, "Things that surprised me."
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All About Explorers - All About Explorers

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5 to 8
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It's true! I saw it on the Internet! Sadly, too many students fall into this trap. All About Explorers was developed by a team of teachers to help late elementary ...more
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It's true! I saw it on the Internet! Sadly, too many students fall into this trap. All About Explorers was developed by a team of teachers to help late elementary school and middle school students sort the garbage from the gold on the Internet. Despite the name of the site, it's not really about explorers at all. In fact, all the biographies of the (very real) explorers on this site are fictional. Teachers can use the site in two ways: The "Treasure Hunt" section allows students to compare the biography on the All About Explorers site with a linked biography on a "real" site and asks them to compare the two and draw conclusions. Alternatively, there is a more comprehensive Web Quest section that allows for a more complete and lengthy lesson with the same object.

tag(s): explorers (50), internet safety (90), media literacy (36), webquests (30)

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The trick in using All About Explorers is to keep the real lesson a secret at the beginning and allow students to come to their own conclusion. Processing that "aha!" moment when students recognize that there is a hidden agenda here will have a much more lasting impression than simply telling students they cannot believe everything they read. Deep inside, students often believe they can easily tell the difference between the Truth and something that is misleading or downright false. All About Explorers will help them see how difficult that can be. They might also learn something about explorers in the process! Extend this lesson by having student groups find another suspect site and create a screencast of that "suspicious" site, pointing out characteristics that indicate an unreliable source. A tool such as Screenr (reviewed here ) or Screencast-o-Matic (reviewed here) will allow them to create a "tour" of the fallacies they find.

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RADCAB - Steps for Online Information Evaluation - Karen M. Christensson

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6 to 12
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RADCAB is a way to evaluate information and resources. RADCAB is a mnemonic acronym: Relevancy, Appropriateness, Detail, Currency, Authority, and Bias. Click on each word for details...more
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RADCAB is a way to evaluate information and resources. RADCAB is a mnemonic acronym: Relevancy, Appropriateness, Detail, Currency, Authority, and Bias. Click on each word for details on that topic. An excellent rubric is available for download in PDF format. This simple site is a great resource for discussing and teaching information literacy lessons about evaluating information and sources.

tag(s): evaluating sources (6), internet safety (90), rubrics (22)

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Share this site and content on your interactive whiteboard or projector as you begin a project involving research. Demonstrate how to use this site before allowing students to explore on their own. Print and use the rubric available on the site. Require that students (or groups) complete the rubric on their chosen sources for research. Share a link to the site on your class website and classroom computer for easy student (and parent) reference at any time. Another idea: assign cooperative learning groups one part of the acronym. Each group could create a presentation to share with the class about what they learned about their part of the evaluation process. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. Students will LOVE finding and sharing examples of "bad" sources!
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Story Town - Harcourt School Publishers

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K to 5
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Story Town offers a writing and reading resources for language arts teachers and students. Main topics include: About Authors and Illustrators, Grammar Glossary, Ideas for Writers,...more
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Story Town offers a writing and reading resources for language arts teachers and students. Main topics include: About Authors and Illustrators, Grammar Glossary, Ideas for Writers, Lesson Vocabulary, and Language Support Posters. There are also links to parent resources, teacher resources, online assessments, and more. The Parent Resources include Internet safety, helping your child become a good reader (and writer), ideas on helping your child to become a better test taker, and more. Teacher resources include language support posters, word wall ideas, author celebrations, letter home ideas, and additional support lessons. This site is extremely useful whether or not your school (or student) uses Harcourt. There is something useful for all elementary students.
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tag(s): authors (91), creative writing (123), expository writing (26), grammar (207), internet safety (90), word study (56)

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Story Town can add new life to your language arts classes. Find examples to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share both grammar lessons and writing ideas. Bookmark this site as a reference for struggling learners or ESL/ELL students. Be sure parents have this site as a resource for suggestions to help their children with reading, writing, and test taking strategies.
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Every Second on the Internet - designly.com

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6 to 12
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Explore what happens every second on the Internet with this interesting and engaging site. View how many Skype calls and Tweets are issued each second. Find out how many happened ...more
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Explore what happens every second on the Internet with this interesting and engaging site. View how many Skype calls and Tweets are issued each second. Find out how many happened just since you began exploring the site. Keep scrolling to see graphics of Google searches, Facebook likes, and emails sent. Each action is represented with an icon making this visualization stunning and mind boggling at the same time. It provides a sense of the magnitude of information offered on the Internet each and every second.

tag(s): internet safety (90), social networking (96)

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This site is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) during lessons on computer use or Internet safety. Have students predict the number of Google searches, emails sent, etc. each second before displaying the actual number. Use information on this site as part of a lesson on comparisons, fractions, or number sense with large numbers. Share with parents during your Open House to offer an understanding of the impact of computers and social networks on their students lives.

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Cyber Safety - Internet Safety Tips - Open Colleges, Ltd

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4 to 12
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Cyber Safety is your go-to guide for learning Internet safety. Scroll through the page to view information on cyber bullying, identity theft, plagiarism, computer viruses, and general...more
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Cyber Safety is your go-to guide for learning Internet safety. Scroll through the page to view information on cyber bullying, identity theft, plagiarism, computer viruses, and general Internet safety. Each section includes comprehensive information such as facts and legal issues as well as examples and what to do in each instance. There is also a quiz and tips for parents.

tag(s): cyberbullying (31), internet safety (90), plagiarism (27)

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This site is an excellent resource for teaching and reinforcing online safety lessons. View on your interactive whiteboard as a class either in one session or several smaller sessions/lessons. Assign students to become experts on one safety concern and share an explanation about it with the class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing what they learn using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Be sure to share with parents at an Open House or through your classroom website.

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Manners Matter Infographic - KnowTheNet.org

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4 to 12
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Manners Matter offers a highly detailed infographic detailing proper Internet etiquette and digital citizenship. Find Do's and Dont's of Online Behavior. Use the embed code provided...more
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Manners Matter offers a highly detailed infographic detailing proper Internet etiquette and digital citizenship. Find Do's and Dont's of Online Behavior. Use the embed code provided to easily embed and share this infographic on your class website or blog.

tag(s): digital citizenship (18), infographics (37), internet safety (90)

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Use this infographic as the core of a unit on digital citizenship or as a reference poster in your classroom. Share this infographic during the first week of school as you go over Internet behavior expectations. Share on your interactive whiteboard for students to explore and explain. Have groups investigate and elaborate on one area of the poster then share with the class. Print the poster using a tool like blockposter reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos about proper Internet behavior and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Share this graphic with parents so you can work together.

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This Link Will Self Destruct - tlwsd.in

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K to 12
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Do you have a link that you want to share for a short time on your website, Facebook page, or via email? Are you concerned about the security of sharing ...more
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Do you have a link that you want to share for a short time on your website, Facebook page, or via email? Are you concerned about the security of sharing the url indefinitely? This Link Will Self Destruct creates links that are accessible for a limited period of time. NO registration (or email address) is required. To use simply add your link and specify the length for the link to remain active. You can choose minutes, hours, days, or weeks. Use the password protection option to protect privacy. Click create link to view and copy your self-destroying link.

tag(s): internet safety (90)

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Use this site to share links with lengthy urls if you don't want to use a URL shortening service. Create links for backchannel chats, weekly spelling lists, homework calendars, or other events that have a limited life span. If you want students or parents to complete a sign up form by a certain deadline, this is the tool to do it! Share with your school's PTA or PTO as a resource for providing links to school events.

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knowthenet - knowthenet.org

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Knowthenet is an excellent resource for information on how to make the most of the Internet and especially for Internet safety. The Knowledge Center offers information on the latest...more
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Knowthenet is an excellent resource for information on how to make the most of the Internet and especially for Internet safety. The Knowledge Center offers information on the latest trends from child safety to social networking. Search the news for articles on any Internet-related issues. Test yourself to see how well you know your way around the Internet. The Jargon Buster offers a glossary of the latest Internet terms. Explore to see if you know the definition for terms such as botnet, dongle, or phishing! Although most of this site may not be appropriate for younger students to navigate on their own, it is useful for adults and teachers who work with all levels. The site has content helpful for teens and adults, such as protecting your identity, online business, and Twitter etiquette. This site was created in the United Kingdom, so American English speakers may notice some slight spelling differences.

tag(s): computers (36), cyberbullying (31), internet safety (90)

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Knowthenet is an excellent addition to any Internet safety or computer lesson, especially for teens who think they "know it all." Bookmark and save this site for use throughout the year. Sections of the site about online baking and other consumer activity will fit well into family and consumer science or business curriculum. Use the quizzes to begin the school year to assess students' online safety knowledge. Display the Jargon Buster on your interactive whiteboard as needed to learn new terms. Use the Knowledge Center as a resource for learning safety tips. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here to demonstrate information learned on the site. Be sure to share with parents for use at home. Use this site during a Meet The Teacher night, Back to School night, or at information sessions for parents for help with online safety. Whenever you launch into new web-based projects, remind students about the things they have learned here.

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Curriculum: Understanding YouTube & Digital Citizenship - Google Education

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6 to 12
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Google Education has created this curriculum for secondary teachers including several lessons supporting responsible digital citizenship not only with YouTube but with all online activity....more
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Google Education has created this curriculum for secondary teachers including several lessons supporting responsible digital citizenship not only with YouTube but with all online activity. The 10 lessons are all designed to fit into a 50 minute class period. Lessons include a teacher's guide, links to YouTube videos, and slides for use on interactive whiteboards. View lessons in several other languages such as Spanish, French, and German. If your district blocks YouTube, 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): digital citizenship (18), internet safety (90)

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Take advantage of the lessons, videos, and slides, perfect for your interactive whiteboard. Assign groups to view different videos and share the highlights with the class. Is YouTube blocked at your school? Why not flip your classroom? Assign individual lessons as homework for students to view from home. Have students create online posters using Check This (reviewed here) to illustrate the concepts they learned.
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Carnegie Cyber Academy - Carnegie Mellon University

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3 to 8
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Teach your students about cybersafety using engaging interactives, resources for both parents and teachers, video "shorts," and much more! Training Missions includes Email (Spam), Communication...more
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Teach your students about cybersafety using engaging interactives, resources for both parents and teachers, video "shorts," and much more! Training Missions includes Email (Spam), Communication (Personal Information, Website Dangers, and Cyber bullying. There is also an area called "Fun Stuff." While the activities may be "fun," but are also highly educational. Learn about topics such as: saving the planet/environment, online safety, researching candidates and making an informed choice, testing your netiquette, growing a positive online reputation, plus many other activities (such as seasonal interactives.) Register a group or classroom using a group code. Download and install the activity according to instructions. In addition to the games, download teacher's companions that include classroom activities to accompany each of the activities.

tag(s): cyberbullying (31), digital citizenship (18), internet safety (90)

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Create a class account and allow students to explore the site and use the interactives throughout the year. Create a link to games or videos for students to access at home. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain one important step in cyber safety. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). Share this site with parents as an excellent resource to use at home. Why not have a cybersafety month throughout your school -- maybe early in the school year-- and encourage all parents to join in as part of a PTA/PTO event?
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Unshort me - Unshort.me

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K to 12
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This tool reveals full urls for links that have been shortened using URL shortener tools (like bit.ly, tinyurl.com and others). Many of the URLs created by the shortening sites are...more
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This tool reveals full urls for links that have been shortened using URL shortener tools (like bit.ly, tinyurl.com and others). Many of the URLs created by the shortening sites are blocked by school content filters (because the shortener websites are actually blocked). Try un-shortening the URL with this tool to access the content and to know what you are headed for! Enter the URL and click the button. Shortened urls can also hide undesirable content, so seeing the "real" url can prevent embarrassment such as opening something unexpected in front of others.

tag(s): internet safety (90)

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Use this to access sites especially those shared with your PLN through RSS or Twitter. Many times, the original link is not blocked but the shortened URL is because of the shortener service's url. Save this tool in your favorites to access when needed.
 

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FBI - Safe Online Surfing - Federal Bureau of Investigation

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3 to 8
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The FBI - SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Challenge offers activities aimed at learning about cyber safety. The site features six grade-specific "islands" for students in grades 3-8. Activities...more
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The FBI - SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Challenge offers activities aimed at learning about cyber safety. The site features six grade-specific "islands" for students in grades 3-8. Activities highlight various aspects of cyber security through educational games, videos, and other interactive features. Each island has either seven or eight interactive areas to explore--with a specific cyber safety lesson. Islands also have central characters and visual themes. For example, fourth grade features Ice Island, complete with falling snow and penguins. There is also a testing component to complete upon teacher sign-up of classes and completion of all grade level activities. Free sign up isn't required to use the online activities but is necessary to take the final exam as the site requires an access key.

tag(s): cyberbullying (31), internet safety (90)

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Use this full site as a free mini-curriculum on cybersafety, possibly using it in all grades at your school. Enroll your class and assign students to complete the activities and exams for homework. Share the SOS on your class website for parents and students to access at home. Display the site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and complete activities together as a class. Share with other teachers who are teaching units on online safety. Have students create an online or printed comic using one of the tools and ideas included in this collection to show information about cyber safety.
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Research Webquest - Anne Brusca

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3 to 5
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Take a trip on a webquest to fly high with research. Become trained pilots as you complete the flight plan with various checkpoints about Internet safety, media center, and reference...more
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Take a trip on a webquest to fly high with research. Become trained pilots as you complete the flight plan with various checkpoints about Internet safety, media center, and reference materials. Find an introduction, task, process, and graduation. Flying High with Research uses wikispaces as their supporting platform. This webquest, created by a school library/media specialist, is designed for third graders is up to date and complete. It would adapt easily to any upper elementary grade.

tag(s): internet safety (90), webquests (30)

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Flying High with Research webquest is a creative example of a web quest on information literacy/research skills. Adapt the webquest to fit your own needs. Use as an example of a webquest when challenging students with the task of creating their own webquest in any subject.
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Cyber Tree House - Business Software Alliance

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K to 4
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Learn about digital citizenship and safety in an interesting, interactive and'' informative way with Cyber Tree House. Learn information through games, videos and puzzles. Games include...more
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Learn about digital citizenship and safety in an interesting, interactive and'' informative way with Cyber Tree House. Learn information through games, videos and puzzles. Games include a sliding puzzle, Internet images, memory match-up, a cyber knowledge quiz, and more. Games require Shockwave.

tag(s): cyberbullying (31), digital citizenship (18), internet safety (90)

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This site is not necessarily a one-stop shop for your Internet safety needs as its content is fairly limited; however, it is worth bookmarking as a resource for games for students to use on a classroom computer when learning internet safety and digital citizenship. View videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector and discuss content as a class.
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Pass Creator - Passcreator

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1 to 12
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This tool generates passwords with a random assortment of letters and numbers. Do you need a specific number of letters, numbers, or characters? No problem! Click on the Options tab...more
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This tool generates passwords with a random assortment of letters and numbers. Do you need a specific number of letters, numbers, or characters? No problem! Click on the Options tab to check off the options needed from the drop down menu.

tag(s): internet safety (90)

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Use this simple and effective tool for creating random passwords. It's great for use in generating passwords for students or sites that you use. Unfortunately, Passcreator is unable to help us remember the generated passwords! For help with that, we recommend creating a document or spreadsheet to keep track of passwords for your students. Computer teachers can also use this tool when teaching about online safety/security.
 

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