From the Frontline 2015 Spring Edition
Digital Ethics and Internet Safety
News briefs for students, parents and professionals living, learning and teaching in the digital world
This edition of the Frontline features curriculum ideas and tools for schools to teach digital citizenship and internet safety. Many divisions are in the midst of digital conversions. That process brings new directions and methodology for student generated activies and learning.
But first some "overstuffed" current trends and information in cellphones, privacy, social media and digital ethics.
1. Parent's Guide to SnapChat - Excellent information for parents about the #1 app for kids.
2. Cell Phone Age Advice - "GDP advises parents on the appropriate age for getting your child his/her first cell phone."
3. What is Kik Sexting, and Why Should People Be Concerned - Kik has gained quite the reputation for being a sexting platform, primarily among strangers looking for someone to hook up with... and in my elementary and middle school seminars... Almost ALL the students have it!
Sexual predator warns parents a about KiK app - "A convicted sex offender contacted a news station, to add his voice to those warning parents about an increasingly popular messaging app."
But I helped my kid get on Facebook... Age restrictions and privacy policies protect youth - This report also found that 93% of tweens use YouTube and 69% claim to have an account which is designed to protect your children — you must be 13 years old to have a YouTube account.
4. Professionally altered yearbook photo sparks outrage - "...when an unsuspecting high schooler noticed her new school photo had been warped beyond recognition she decided to take action.
5. What Every Parent Should Be Asking about Education Data - "What should parents ask about Education Data and data mining?"
A day in the life of a data mined kid
6. #CyberTalk: Parenting in the Digital Age - Parent chat on YouTube. From Canada. A++
Family Contract for Smartphone Use - Great list of items for contract between kids and parents for phone use. A++
Parent App for Monitoring - I'm asked from time to time about Apps for parent monitoring
7. The "TMI" Epidemic: Are My Teens Oversharing Online? - 45% of all teens will change their behavior if they know you are watching. That's a major reason why so many of them flock to social media.
Public by Default, Private when Necessary - Danah Boyd-top social media author and researcher offers more on privacy.
One bad tweet can be costly to a student athlete - “We found his Twitter account, looked through it and some of what we saw isn’t representative of what our university is about”
Hey Teens: Chances are you'll regret oversharing information online - Nearly 40 percent of internet users between the ages of 18-35 have regretted posting personal information about themselves.
Toning Down the Tweets Just in Case Colleges Pry - “They are cleaning up their online profiles before they ever apply.”
8. The Digital You and The Social Stalker - " The internet gives stalkers a new way to track you, follow you, and research your likes and dislikes."
9. Character and Ethics - mega site on ethics in school, youth, cyber, etc. HUGE. A++
Online safety is not just ‘about life’ - "... that doesn’t change the fact that what happens online can have different characteristics than analogous things that happen in the so called “real world.”
A Bully? My Kid? Impossible! - Someone who uses strength, threats and power to influence, harm, frighten and/or manipulate those who are weaker.
Classroom Activities, Curriculums, Videos and Tools for Instruction
10. Lesson Plans Clarify Values on Privacy - A series of lesson plans and tools. This one on privacy.
11. Internet and mobile safety advice and activities from Cybersmart - Australian Resource for internet Safety and digital ethics. A++
12. One of my Top Four Net Safety Sources: iKeepSafe - Very robust site with a lot of detailed tools, especially the BEaPro section.
13. Highly Recommended site on Digital Citizenship - Many years ago I coined the phrase: "Digital Ethics"... I liked it then and like it now because it goes beyond just internet safety. That said, it appears the nation is moving towards the phrase "Digital Citizenship". I like that also.
More on Digital Citizenship from the Parent/Teacher Perspective - Blog type site with lots of interesting items.
14. Digital Footprint for 5th Graders - "I show this video with every elementary lesson I do for 5th graders."
15. Scope and Sequence from CommonSense Education - Highly recommended source for instruction.
The Digital Bytes - Using the Digital Bytes website, teens choose a topic, or "Byte," that resonates with their interests. They learn from the real-world experiences of others who've encountered digital dilemmas that raise questions
16. Perhaps the next Big Portal for Digital Citizenship? - Trendy interface. Watch the Vimeo intro video to get an idea on this one. I'm impressed!
17. Jo Cool or Jo Fool INTERACTIVE GAME - For Kids - "Take a CyberTour with Josie and Joseph Cool, as they visit their twelve favorite websites, and decide whether or not they're making smart choices."
18. Video Toolbox: A Good iPad App for Blurring Student Faces (when needed) - Help with keep them private.
19. Huge Video Archive - from iKeepSafe.org
20. Curriculum: Understanding YouTube & Digital Citizenship – Google in Education - "an interactive curriculum aimed to support teachers of secondary students (approximately ages 13-17).
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"From the Frontline" - news brief about all things Digital Ethics and Internet Safety.
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Compiled by 36 year educator and Instructional Technology Resource Teacher Joe Showker of Rockingham County Schools in Virginia.
Instructional goodies at Joe's blog: "The Technology Frontline- 21st Century classroom"
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