Online safety resources

Safety Sites
Google has a great collection of informational tips for individuals, students, teachers, and families for keeping people safe while online. Access by clicking the Digital Citizen button. (Good one on this site – Protecting your family online)

Common Sense Media
You will need to create an account as a parent and/or teacher to be able to use the Digital Citizenship material in downloaded or e-book form. It is thorough and complete age appropriate Internet safety information. High quality material. As a teacher you can download an entire curriculum on Digital Citizenship. The individual lesson plans are excellent and full of constructivist ideas for teaching the topic.
Specific to Internet Safety

PTO today
This group produces material to help schools hold an Internet Safety Night at a PTO type setting. You must register your school to get the free kit, but it is free and the materials are very well done. Includes PR pieces, parent handouts, and many topics in the area of Internet Safety. Easy to download the free materials.

Pause Then Reflect
A blog that gives a great overview of the main ideas to remember to protect yourself online. Good basic information.

This website will be helpful to parents and families with the goal of internet safety for their families.

Homeland Security
Homeland Security has a program by which they provide resources to help families, teachers, and students stay safe. Their initiative is called Stop, Think, Connect, and it links to some downloadable resources to help educate parents at home, through a school group, etc.

Cyber Bullying Virus
This is a very creative video that portrays the evils of cyber bullying and its spread. Compares it to the spread of a physical virus.

Welcome to the Web
An internet site with six areas to explore with students. Contains basic navigation information as well as internet safety practices. Good unit to to use in grades 4-6. It is written as a clue gathering game.

Langwitches Top Ten List for Educational Videos
Even though this is from 2007, the videos on internet protection/bullying themes are excellent. One seeks to point out the significance of your digital footprint and the danger when you post without thinking. Another illustrates how the internet allows people to say things to others that they would never think about saying face to face.

Think B4U Respond
Google lesson on being safe while communicating online.
15 Resources for A Safer Internet Day: collection of great resources to teach about working together to make everyone safer online from Richard Bryne

Facebook 101 for Schools
Cool Cat blogger, Vivki Davis, builds a terrific resource to use with kids and parents, as well as teachers, to promote safer use of Facebook by understanding with whom you are really sharing. Very well done.

You Tube videos to follow-up the above post to help kids understand friending on Facebook and how to stay as safe as possible: Little Red Riding Mood – when you friend someone on Facebook, you invite them into your life, and other internet related issues – cartoon and fun version for middle school.

Fun hangman quiz
For follow up with young students talking about internet safety.

Digital Citizenship
Using Technology Appropriately
The nine elements of digital citizenship

Be a Digital Citizen
This is a great video that shows the wide range of areas involved in our technological world and why digital citizenship is important to practice. It demonstrates the far reaching nature of one’s digital footprint in less than 3 minutes.

Definition of Digital Citizenship components – nice job of breaking down the categories and further defining them

Privacy Intro
It is a great video for students on what the digital footprint means and how they may already have one.

Digital footprints – Your New First Impression
This video shows how the digital footprint is being used in the workplace and by employers.

Digital citizenship guide from Edmodo
Join this group and get a nice little lesson on the topic with a descriptive and useful poster.

You and Your Property Online
Six Steps to Keeping Your Data Safe
The Geek Squad lists 6 basic steps which you will want to know as starting points and research further.

Ten Ways to Keep your Personal Data Safe from Online Snoopers
The term “web” for the internet is not so far off when we think of webs that are commonly used for catching prey. Beware of online predators looking for your information.

Google – Prevent Identity Theft
Keep your name safe online.

20 Ways to Keep your Identity Safe from Hackers
The Guardian gives some practical ways to guard our online presence.

Creative Commons Licensing
How do you protect your created work online, whether images, photos, written work? Creative Commons (CC) is a way to help creators protect their property, but also allow usage to others in levels or to selected groups. Anyone can license their work this way, and it is free.

Creative Commons Search Resource
To help find material free to use and reuse online

Faith and Technology – Practically Speaking; Honoring on Another’s Work
This article by Rob Jacklin gives our rationale for wanting to be aware of copyright law and licensing and model the faithful use of this in our own personal and educational lives. He goes on to give practical information regarding the topic.

Overview: Teaching Copyright
Unit all laid out on how to approach this in a classroom.

10 Resources for Teaching and Learning About Copyright & Fair Use by Dr. Bernard Bull
This blog post is rich in information that will assist in learning more and teaching more about the subject of copyright. What is fair use anyway? Find out.

Fair Use and How it Works for Images
Covers ground all teachers and professionals should be aware of to help them be honest in their use of images online.

These resources were compiled by Gail Potratz.