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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
Paw the Techno Cat by
- 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...
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)
AdverSmarts: An Interactive Unit on Food Marketing on the Web (Ages
Privacy Playground: The First Adventure of the Three CyberPigs
CyberSense and Nonsense: The Second Adventure of the Three CyberPigs
Cool or Jo Fool: Interactive Module and Quiz on Critical Thinking for the
Internet (Grades 6-8)
Target is You!: Alcohol Advertising Quiz (Grades 6-8)
Allies and Aliens: Interactive Module on Online Hate
Sections for kids, tweens, teens, parents, educators and law enforcement!
New e-book for kids,
for Webster, to read or to listen to...
NetSmartz for Teens
- Includes games and videos on
cyber bullying, internet chat, gaming, predetors, more...
Did You Know
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
Shift Happens: Did You
Know? by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod,
Did You Know 2.0, and an updated
Happens 2008 by a Sony executive (less education, more technology-based)
Kids to be Their Own Internet Filters
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.”
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)
- Detailed instructions for writers and editors, on how to prevent and deal
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...
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
- 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...
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...
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
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...
November 12, 2014