Are Your Students Digitally Safe? 15+ Resources

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Included in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category

“We all need someone who inspires us to do better than we know how.” ~ Anonymous

Technology has changed the way we interact with the world and each other. Our students are participating in rituals that are vastly different than our experiences. Being connected and sharing information about their personal lives is a part of their social exchanges and norms. They are expected to be connected and they are expected to share and they are sharing more than in the past. According to a Pew Study, published in 2013, 91% of teens reported posting a photo of themselves on social networks, 71% had posted their school name, and 71% had posted the city or town where they live (Madden, Lenhart, Cortesi, Gasser, et. al., 2013).

Unfortunately, many schools worldwide do not allow learners to bring their devices or participate in social networks. Many schools ban access to Youtube, Facebook, and other social networks. Additionally, most curricula does not include teaching digital literacy or online safety. This means many of our learners have not learned how to properly communicate or behave online, which has lead to cyberbullying, sexting, etc. Below are a few ideas and resources to help you teach your learners about digital safety.

Multimedia & Visual Resources

Online Safety Games

  • Webonauts Academy- As new recruits to the Webonauts Internet Academy‚ on a satellite space station‚ players are sent on a training mission on planet Bambu. While there‚ they encounter a mysterious enemy‚ The Great Static‚ who is set on stealing the Bamdudes’ cookie recipe (they are the best cookie makers in the Universe). During the course of the game‚ players receive on-the-job training and help the Bamdudes and save their cookie recipe!
  • Netsmartz Kids- Various adventure games to teach Internet safety
  • Safety Land- As Captain Broadband you must rid the town of a villain who is spamming people with messages. Seek out the villain, answer quiz questions, and earn points.
  • A list of more cyber-safety games

Challenge:

Get your students to reflect on their online behavior.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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