Showing posts with label cyber citizenship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cyber citizenship. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cyberbullying Explained by Common Craft

Lee and Sachi at Common Craft have released a new video that tackles a topic that every student, teacher, and parent should understand; cyberbullying. By watching Cyberbullying Explained by Common Craft viewers can learn how what cyberbullying is, how it happens, and the actions that students and adults can take to stop cyberbullying.


Applications for Education
I appreciate that the video includes a brief explanation of the effects of cyberbullying on students who are bullied online. The video also encourages students to be supportive of those bullied without using retaliatory behavior towards the bully.

Disclosure: Common Craft videos can be viewed online for review purposes, downloading or displaying them in your classroom requires a subscription. I have an in-kind business relationship with Common Craft. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Five Good Resources for Teaching Digital Safety and Citizenship to Elementary School Students

Following yesterday's post on Seven Deadly Digital Sins I received a couple of requests for digital safety and citizenship resources appropriate for elementary school students. Here are some of my favorite resources for teaching digital safety and citizenship at the elementary school level.


PBS Kids offers the Webonauts Academy in which elementary school students can learn about safe online behaviors. When students have completed all of the Webonauts missions they will graduate from the Webonauts Academy. The educators tips page offers some practical suggestions for using Webonauts in the classroom or in a school library.

In an effort to teach children about potential dangers online and how to avoid them, the Council of Europe has offers a game called Through the Wild Web Woods. Through the Wild Web Woods is designed for students ages seven through ten to learn how to spot danger on the Internet and what to do when they do spot danger on the Internet. The game is available in twenty-four languages.

Professor Garfield is a free resource developed in part by the Virginia Department of Education. Professor Garfield teaches students how to be safe online, how to recognize and respond to cyberbullying, and how to decide if something is a fact or an opinion. These educational activities can be found in the free Professor Garfield apps; Online Safety, Fact or Opinion, Cyberbullying. All of the free Professor Garfield iPad apps use the same format. The format is a set of comic strips that students read to learn about the issues the app is focused on. At the end of the comic strips students play some simple games to practice recognizing good online behaviors.

AT&T's Safety Land is a nice game through which kids learn and practice recognizing danger on the Internet. The game is set in the city of "Safety Land." As students navigate from building to building in Safety Land they are confronted with a series of scenarios and questions to respond to. If they respond correctly to each scenario they will capture the cyber criminal and send him to the Safety Land jail. Students who send the cyber criminal to Safety Land jail receive a certificate that they can print out.

Digital Passport is an online program from Common Sense Media. The purpose of the Digital Passport program is to provide students in grades three through five with lessons and games for learning responsible digital behavior. Digital Passport uses videos and games to teach students about cyberbullying, privacy, safety and security, responsible cell phone use, and copyright. Students earn badges for successfully completing each phase of the Digital Passport program.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Choose What Happens Next - A Series of Video Lessons on Responsible Cyber Citizenship

This afternoon in Raleigh, North Carolina I sat in on a good presentation about YouTube's video editing tools. The presentation was delivered by Lauren Boucher and Joanna Gerakios from Pitt County North Carolina schools. They started their presentation with a good video about cyber citizenship that I hadn't previously seen.

Choose What Happens Next is a series of videos linked together in a choose-your-own-adventure style. The first video features a girl receiving a text message from her boyfriend asking for pictures. The viewer then has to click "send it" or not send it. The choice that the viewer makes takes him or her to a video that explains the "results" of the choice. Watch the first video below.


Applications for Education
At the beginning of their presentation Lauren and Joanna recommended making all of your students watch these videos and I completely agree with them. I would add that you should send these videos to your students' parents and or post them prominently on your school's website.

Please see A Quick Star Guide to Using YouTube's Video Editing Tools, if you would like to learn how to create a linked series of videos like the one above.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Earn Your Digital Passport by Learning Digital Safety

Digital Passport is a relatively new online program from Common Sense Media. The purpose of the Digital Passport program is to provide students in grades three through five with lessons and games for learning responsible digital behavior. Digital Passport uses videos and games to teach students about  cyberbullying, privacy, safety and security, responsible cell phone use, and copyright. Students earn badges for successfully completing each phase of the Digital Passport program.

Applications for Education
Digital Passport provides teachers with a log-in that they can use to track their students' progress through the various parts of the Digital Passport program. Like any online program for younger students, Digital Passport works best when it is supported by your own in-classroom instruction.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

We Are the Solution - An Anti-bullying Pledge

We Are the Solution is an anti-bullying campaign and pledge started by students at Edward Town Middle School in Sanborn, NY. I was contacted this week by John Mikulski with a request to help get the word out about this important anti-bullying message. I am more than happy to share We Are the Solution with all of you. After watching the campaign video embedded below, I encourage you to share it with your students and have them digitally sign the pledge too.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Everloop - A Monitored Social Network for Tweens

Everloop is a social networking site designed for use by tweens and their parents. Everloop provides tweens with a closed network in which they can interact with their chosen friends. Everloop gives parents the ability to monitor the interactions of their children with other children in their networks. Tweens cannot expand their networks without their parents' knowledge.

Much like the social networks designed for teens and adults, Everloop offers tweens the option to play games, design profile pages, chat, and talk about school-related events.

Applications for Education
Everloop could be a good, safe environment in which children can learn responsible social networking behaviors. In that regard, I see Everloop being the training wheels of social networking before tweens become teens and join Facebook or other social networks.