This fantastic FREE website focuses on schools developing an internet safety curriculum. Within this website teachers will find lesson plans about privacy, bullying, researching, safety, and the dangers of having cyberpals students don't already know. Cybersmart also offers online videos that students can watch created by other students about online safety. This site is also a great tool for parents and students to further educate themselves outside of school. Cybersmart is also in accordance with the ISTE National Technology Standards.
Getnetwise is a FREE online resource that focuses on the internet in the home.
It is a great resource for both parents and kids.
Offers a variety of information about many different aspects, including social networks, of internet usage.
Getnetwise also breaks down confusing internet terminology so that parents may understand what they are reading and viewing online. This will also help them stay in touch with what their kids know about the internet, what is out there, and how to use it.
or maybe just the cooperation and involvement of the schools, students, and parents before we can truly use the internet and social networks as a learning tool to help students collaborate. Until everyone is educated and trained on how to properly use the internet and social networks schools will continue to shy away from using such resources to their fullest educational value in order to keep their students safe and parents worry free.