Our students are digital natives. They have never known a world without screens. It's important for us to help them learn the digital landscape and how to balance screen time with real life activities. This video clip will give you some insight and ideas on how to connect with your students and how to help them gain a sense of a balance.
Elementary Video: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/kids-and-tech-the-new-landscape
Secondary Video: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/teens-and-tech-the-new-landscape
The new school year is a great time to set expectations and rules for safely using the Internet. ISTE Standard 2 (Links to an external site.): Digital Citizen states, 'Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.'
Being SMART on the Internet is an easy way to remember the guidelines: Safe, Meeting, Accepting, Reliable and Tell.
As summer approaches, there will no doubt be many great experiences to share with everyone with social media. It's important to remind students (and each other) that we need to be cautious about what we share on the internet. This poster from Common Sense Media gives some great guidelines on how to judge whether or not something is post-worthy or if it could potentially cause a problem for you or those you care about.
Download the infographic here:
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/classroom_curriculum/oversharing-poster-11x17-a-b_7_.pdf (Links to an external site.)
How many educators have told students to use Google Images to search for images for student projects? Nine times out of ten, students will come across inappropriate images using Google Image search. As part of Internet Safety, it is important that students are searching for images and content on sites that are filtered to protect students from harmful images. We want students to be searching and using images that are appropriate for a school setting and can be used publicly because they are licensed by Creative Commons. The following is a list of where educators can take students to search for safe images.
February 1st-5th is CSD White Ribbon Week, which recognizes the importance of Internet Safety. Please share this infographic with your students. Other things will be shared to help us focus on Internet Safety (posters, announcements, lesson plans, etc.) Please post pictures or information about anything you do to promote online safety and digital citizenship using the hashtag #csdwhiteribbonweek. Let me know if you have any questions! Click here to download image
This month we'd like to spread the word about Common Sense Media (Links to an external site.). They have wonderful resources for teaching students to become good, digital citizens who consider the effect of their actions on others when posting/participating online. These resources are available with curriculum and sequence. They also tie together with one of the great tools that we all have access, Nearpod. Start out with one of these great digital citizenship posters. And then check out the curriculum lesson plans and resources (Links to an external site.) available on Common Sense Media. Keep in mind that all of these lessons are available in our wonderful Nearpod Common Sense Media content. (Links to an external site.)
For Elementary Schools:
It's important to stop and think before you post something online. Thinking about these things can help us decide if it's something we should be posting:
For Secondary Schools:
Sometimes we post things online, and later regret it. Being selective about what you post and make public is an important part of living responsibly in a digital age. If the post is questionable or you think you may regret doing it later on, just don't do it! Brittney is a 14 year old girl who posted something she later regretted. Please watch this clip with your students and have a short discussion on how things we post may affect us in the future.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/brittneys-story-posting-something-you-regret (Links to an external site.)
Students use the Internet consistently, which makes it very easy to copy the work of others and presenting it as one's own work. This is called plagiarism. Students needs to understand plagiarism and its consequences. Plagiarism is copying and pasting anything that is created by someone else without giving them credit. This includes copying and pasting music, videos, images, and text. People's creative work is protected under copyright law. Digital Citizenship is about not plagiarizing, and about being a respectful and responsible user and creator on the Internet.
This infographic is under creative commons and can be found here. http://venspired.com/dont-just-copy-do-the-right-thing/ (Links to an external site.)
Just as we have rules and expectations posted in our rooms, it is important to post and review Internet Safety Tips. Discuss this info graphic with your class and post near the computers in your room. Use this a daily reminder to review these tips
As students are starting school this year, they will have numerous opportunities to go online and interact with the virtual world. We'd like to remind them that each time they visit sites or interact with the internet they leave a "digital footprint". No matter their age, the activities they participate in online may seem private, but they are often quite public and can reflect back on them- positive or negative. Emphasize the need to really think about what kinds of things they view or search for online.