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Gifted Kids as Digital Citizens

Our parents taught us how to answer the phone safely, and not to let strangers into the house when they weren't home.  Today, the perils are different. Our children are growing up as citizens of the digital world; they will never remember an age without the Internet, Google and Facebook.  We need to teach our kids how to avoid e-mail, internet, and social networking pitfalls, how to avoid becoming the victim or perpetrator of cyber-bullying, and how to live as responsible digital citizens.  These are great tools and curriculum for all ages!

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For the Kids...

Faux Paw the Techno Cat by ikeepsafe.org
The Internet is a powerful tool. As with any tool, we must instruct our children on how to use it safely...
 
Life Online from Girl Scouts and Windows (teens)
Great online safety tips on Social Networking, Cyberbullying, Online predators and more...
 
Media Awareness Network (ages vary by game, age 4 to grade 8)
A variety of free games, each with a digital lesson, most with parents and/or teachers' guides... (Canadian, also available in French)
Co-Co's AdverSmarts: An Interactive Unit on Food Marketing on the Web (Ages 5-8)
Privacy Playground: The First Adventure of the Three CyberPigs (Ages 8-10)
CyberSense and Nonsense: The Second Adventure of the Three CyberPigs (Ages 9-12)
Jo Cool or Jo Fool: Interactive Module and Quiz on Critical Thinking for the Internet (Grades 6-8)
The Target is You!: Alcohol Advertising Quiz (Grades 6-8)
Allies and Aliens: Interactive Module on Online Hate (Grades 7-8)

NetSmartz

Sections for kids, tweens, teens, parents, educators and law enforcement! New e-book for kids, Delivery for Webster, to read or to listen to... 
 
NSTeens NetSmartz for Teens
Includes games and videos on cyber bullying, internet chat, gaming, predetors, more...
 

For Parents and Teachers...

Did You Know 3.0 Recommended by Karl Fisch on YouTube
"The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't exist yet, using technologies that haven't been invented yet, in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet. 1 out of 8 couples married in the US in 2011 met online...  Did you know?  Also watch the original Shift Happens: Did You Know? by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, Did You Know 2.0, and an updated Shift Happens 2008 by a Sony executive (less education, more technology-based)
 
Teaching Kids to be Their Own Internet Filters Recommended by Katrina Schwartz in MindShift
Students live in an information-saturated world. Rather than shielding them from the digital world, many agree the most effective way to keep them safe and using the internet responsibly as a learning tool is to teach them how to be their own filters. That’s not only a life skill, but one that’s important when researching. Older kids, especially, have the capacity to learn how to decide which online sources can be trusted and why. “If we are not teaching the kids to use the web as a vehicle for enhancing learning and teaching them to be the filter, that’s a dereliction of duty.”
 
Common Sense Media: Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum
Free curriculum covers 9 subjects in each of three grade ranges (K-5, 6-8, high school), preparing kids to stay safe and secure, behave ethically, and think and research critically in this digital age, plus parent resources, discussion guides, more... (all resources free with signup)
 
The Counter-Plagiarism Handbook
Detailed instructions for writers and editors, on how to prevent and deal with plagiarizism...
 
Digital Citizenship by Mike Ribble... the website
Respect, Educate, Protect. Help teachers, technology leaders and parents understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology...
 
Digital Citizenship in Schools by Mike Ribble
An essential introduction to digital citizenship. Definition of digital citizenship and it's nine elements. Professional development activities to help educators integrate concepts into the classroom, along with activities ideas and lesson plans...
 
A Girl's Life Online
For teens, read Katherine Tarbox's true story with your teen.  It's the story of her internet involvement, and eventually real-life meeting, with an Internet predator.  Originally published as Katie.com, it's been re-released as A Girl's Life Online.  Although some call it "sensationalism," Katie's own words resonate with teens, and are a firm warning of the danger, and how a situation can seem so real when it's not...
 
How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School
For teachers and administrators, the seven steps and a roundup of valuable resources you need to help bring social media in your classroom...
 
Raising a Digital Child by Mike Ribble
Cell phones, online games, instant messaging, social networking, and other technologies have all become so important in the daily of lives of young people. The kids view this new digital culture as a normal way of life, even though as parents you may feel overwhelmed by all the unfamiliar challenges. Cyber bullies, stalkers, identity theft, intellectual property theft - it is hard to know just what you can do to confront the risks. Not just the "how to" but the "whys"...
 
Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation Mashable
 If you’re not taking an active role in your child’s online life, you may be missing important opportunities to ensure they are on the path toward “digital citizenship” and protected from inappropriate content and people...


Last updated November 12, 2014

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