TeachersFirst's Internet Safety Resources

Explore this Editor's Choice of the best Internet Safety Resources on TeachersFirst. 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 Passport - Common Sense Media

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3 to 5
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Digital Passport is an interactive, engaging, and effective way to teach and test the basics of digital citizenship designed for upper elementary grades. Create and add student groups...more
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Digital Passport is an interactive, engaging, and effective way to teach and test the basics of digital citizenship designed for upper elementary grades. Create and add student groups to assign, monitor, and customize assignments for students. This site consists of five topical modules covering privacy, cyberbullying, communication, creative credit, and search. Module Guides accompanying each lesson include complete guides and suggestions for teaching and using the activity. Be sure to download the Educator Handbook for a complete guide to effectively using the Digital Passport.

tag(s): cyberbullying (44), digital citizenship (77), game based learning (159)

In the Classroom

Create an account and assign activities to students to complete at home or on classroom computers. Share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Word Clouds for Kids, reviewed here, for younger students, or WordItOut, reviewed here, for older students. Be sure to share Digital Passport with parents and other teachers as an excellent resource for teaching digital citizenship.

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TeachersFirst Sample Wiki Warranty (Web Tool Permission Slip) - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Download this sample Word document to create a customized parent permission slip/student contract for use of a class wiki -- or any web tools and apps -- safely and within ...more
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Download this sample Word document to create a customized parent permission slip/student contract for use of a class wiki -- or any web tools and apps -- safely and within your school policies. (If you do not have Word software, you can upload and convert it to Google Drive/Docs to edit there.) The form includes many provisions and consequences. Simply delete the ones you do not need or that do not fit your classroom situation. Add/delete any specific tools you plan to use or ways you may use them. Please give proper credit in the footer of your new permission form as being "adapted from a sample form provided by TeachersFirst.com" and giving this url. Save AS a new file name to use as your own class or school permission form. For more ideas on the safe use of web tools, see the TeachersFirst Edge Tips. If you teach younger students, you may want to start with the form for elementary students reviewed here.

tag(s): classroom management (136), digital citizenship (77), internet safety (110)

In the Classroom

Save this document and your adaptations of it for use from year to year. If your school is still struggling to establish the terms under which it WILL allow access to web tools for students to create and publish online, use this form as a starting point for discussions with school administration.

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K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum - Common Sense Education

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K to 12
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Common Sense Education offers this curriculum for teaching Digital Citizenship to students in all grades from K-12. Topics include cyberbullying, digital footprint & identity, media...more
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Common Sense Education offers this curriculum for teaching Digital Citizenship to students in all grades from K-12. Topics include cyberbullying, digital footprint & identity, media balance & well-being, among others. Create a free account to access all lesson materials, including lesson plans, media, and student materials. Many of the included materials are available for bilingual learners.

tag(s): cyberbullying (44), digital citizenship (77), internet safety (110), media literacy (88), social networking (81)

In the Classroom

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 your digital safety planning. Many lessons include suggestions for modifications to use as a quick activity instead of a complete lesson. Modify learning and have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Word Clouds for Kids, reviewed here, for younger students, or WordClouds, reviewed here, for older students. Enhance learning and ask students to collect ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here, (quick start- no membership required!) demonstrating information presented from these Digital Literacy & Citizenship lessons.
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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 (44), internet safety (110), plagiarism (30)

In the Classroom

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. Enhance or transform classroom technology use (depending on teacher requirements) by asking students to create a simple or multimedia infographic sharing what they learn using Venngage reviewed here. Be sure to share with parents at an Open House or through your classroom website.

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NetSmartzKids - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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K to 8
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NetSmartz''''''® is an interactive, Internet safety resource that uses 3-D activities to teach how to stay safe. Games, videos, and activities provide information using three characters...more
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NetSmartz''''''® is an interactive, Internet safety resource that uses 3-D activities to teach how to stay safe. Games, videos, and activities provide information using three characters - Clickie, Nettie, and Webster. This site has more than just your typical topics, such as: Inbox Defender Don't Open That File: A Computer Virus Game, The Password Rap, and much more. Router's Birthday Surprise includes a teacher's guide for classroom use along with an ongoing activity that can be saved and revisited at a later time. Be sure to check out Into the Cloud season 1 and 2. Although this site states that it is designed for ages 5-17, our editors found most of the activities were designed for elementary and middle school ages.

tag(s): computers (101), internet safety (110)

In the Classroom

Use this site to reinforce and teach Internet safety rules. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to brainstorm with the class what they know about Internet safety. Then start sharing the different videos and activities with the class or in stations. As students finish a video or activity, have them add what they learned in a different column on your class Padlet. NetSmartzKids is a great site to share on your class wiki, blog, or website for families to peruse together. At the end of your Internet safety unit, enhance student learning by creating a Flip, reviewed here, and asking studens what lessons they learned that they didn't know before or that surprized. Flip provides a tool for video responses to a question along with comments from peers.

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Google Family Safety Center - Google

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K to 12
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The Google Safety Center is a one stop shop for teachers and parents for information about keeping children safe online. The site provides instructions and resources on how to use ...more
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The Google Safety Center is a one stop shop for teachers and parents for information about keeping children safe online. The site provides instructions and resources on how to use Google tools to safely access the internet. The site even includes "video tips."

tag(s): internet safety (110)

In the Classroom

Use the resources from the site to show students how to safely search the internet. Post the link on your class website for parents to access from home. In addition, set up a safe search engine for students to use when doing research.

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