Internet Safety and Cyberbullying
- Tool or Weapon? Addressing Cyberhate in the Classroom, by Jinnie Spiegler (2015)
Classroom strategies to fight cyberhate include not supporting or reinforcing it, reporting it, supporting the targets, speaking out against hate, and engaging in activism. For more resources on preventing cyberbullying and other forms of bullying, see Edutopia's "Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School."
- Social Media at School: Teaching Safety on the Virtual Playground, by Mary Beth Hertz (2015)
Responsible digital citizens emerge from schools where students are taught about the rules, risks, and trust involved in the safe, respectful use of social media.
- What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship, by Vicki Davis (2014)
Teach your students about the "9 Key P’s" of digital citizenship as you help them acquire both proactive and experiential knowledge of the online world.
- A Starting Point for Ensuring Student Online Privacy, by Anne O’Brien (2014)
The online privacy debate has started to gain momentum in the education community and protecting students is an important and necessary conversation to be had by schools and districts.
- The Importance of Internet Safety, by Heather Wolpert-Gawron (2012)
Wolpert-Gawron discusses the importance of teaching students online safety and netiquette and how to partner with parents in this effort.
- How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students, by Mary Beth Hertz (2012)
Hertz shares some insights into adapting Stranger Danger lessons for the virtual world. For more about teaching internet safety and digital citizenship at the elementary level, also read her post, "Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom."
- The Basics of Open Technology, by Ira Socol (2015)
From abundant tools and smart budgeting to accessibility and trust, the Albemarle County Public Schools maintain a district-wide tech program that leverages digital literacy for all students.
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Are We Addicted to Technology? by Amy Erin Borovoy (2014)
Can't put down your device? Obsessing over social media? You may want to dig in to this playlist of videos and resources to help educators, parents, and students reflect on their relationship with technology.
- Common Core in Action: Teaching Online Ethics, by Heather Wolpert-Gawron (2014)
Wolpert-Gawron looks at a key element of digital citizenship -- responsible use of intellectual property -- and slots it into the eighth grade Common Core Standard for gathering, using, and attributing relevant information.
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Copyright and Fair Use for Educators, by Amy Borovoy (2013)
In K-12 education, it's a challenge to navigate the copyright and fair use waters. What can educators use? How can they use it? VideoAmy has collected some fun, engaging videos to help teachers and students understand the confusing subject.
Media and Digital Literacy
- Empowering Student Relationships With Media, by Josh Weisgrau (2015)
Consider this working with this new taxonomy or ladder of engagement when assigning your students media projects: consuming, curating, creating, critiquing, and publishing.
- The Strategic Imperative for Schools: Technology as Connector, by Matt Levinson (2015)
If schools hope to prepare students for an unknown future, they must make technology easy to use -- through hardware, software, mindset, and practice.
- Amplifying Student Voice Through Digital Literacy, by Andrew Marcinek (2015)
For students to grow into their digital voices, they must understand the value of personal communication and projecting their own work on the global stage.
- Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students, by Beth Holland (2013)
Holland, communication coordinator and instructor at EdTech Teacher, gives three age-appropriate examples of introducing social media to children in the lower elementary grades.
- Digital Native vs Digital Citizen? Examining a Dangerous Stereotype, by Mary Beth Hertz (2012)
Hertz invites us to look at our assumptions that all kids are born tech-savvy and encourages us to think more globally about how we can teach them to thrive as citizens in a digital world.
- Plan a "Digital Family Summit" to Engage Students and Parents, by Joe Mazza (2012)
Principal Mazza recounts his visit to the Digital Family Summit and talks about how, with digital media, children and their parents can learn and play together.
Other Resources From Edutopia
- Digital Citizenship Week: 6 Resources for Educators, by Matt Davis (Updated 2015)
Digital Citizenship Week is the perfect time for students and teachers to talk about online responsibility and safety. Davis has collected some of the best resources to bring digital citizenship into the classroom.
- Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit, by Ashley Cronin (Updated 2015)
This collection of blogs, articles, and videos from Edutopia aims to help teachers deploy social-media tools in the classroom to engage students in 21st-century learning.
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship, by Amy Erin Borovoy (Updated 2014)
VideoAmy explores the topic of digital citizenship with this playlist of videos on the importance of online safety, manners, privacy, and responsibility.
- Digital Citizenship: Developing a Culture of Trust and Transparency, by Andrew Marcinek (2014)
Turning a forbidding acceptable use policy into a friendlier digital empowerment guideline can shift your school culture into a more tech-friendly place.
- The Path to Digital Citizenship, by Andrew Marcinek (2013)
Marcinek looks at the ethical and practical sides of digital citizenship and suggests a mindful path for teaching the necessary skills in the elementary grades.
- Ideas for Digital-Citizenship PBL Projects, by Andrew Miller (2013)
Miller suggests using the PBL model to teach students the values of digital citizenship.
Additional Resources on the Web
- Editor's Pick: Common Sense Education's Resources for Digital Citizenship Week
- Editor's Pick: Common Sense Education's Cyberbullying Toolkit
- Editor's Pick: Common Sense Education's Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum
- Edutopia's Digital Citizenship pinboard on Pinterest
- #DigCit on Twitter
- Toolkit for Digitally-Literate Teachers from USC Rossier Online
- Digital Citizenship Summit
- Cybersecurity Lab and Guide for Educators from NOVA Labs (KQED)
- Digital Citizenship from Ask a Tech Teacher
- Google's Curriculum: Understanding YouTube & Digital Citizenship
- Cyberbullying from StopBullying.gov
- CyberWise's Digital Citizenship Learning Center
- Facebook: Introducing A Facebook Guide for Educators and Community Leaders
- iKeepSafe's and Google's Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum
- National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) Resource Hub
- NetSmartz Workshop: Resources for Parents and Educators
- PBS Parents' Children and Media Resources
- The Cyberbullying Research Center
- The Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island: Teaching Resources
- Discovery Education's Digital Safety Resources
- "Creating a Safe Digital Space," ASCD’s Educational Leadership (2015)
- "Teaching About Cybersecurity: Taking Steps to Improve Online Safety and Prevent Data Breaches," The New York Times’ The Learning Network (2014)