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  • 1. DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP Based on a presentation by Sue Loubser Director of Technology Hebrew Academy of Atlanta at the Building Learning Communities Conference 2007
  • 2. Information
    • Kids use internet more at home than at school.
    • Parents “don't get” internet safety.
    • We can only block at school.
    • They figure ways around!
    • Filtering does not teach anything, we provide no skills.
    • "It is about intrinsically integrating acceptable use of all this technology into our children's psyche."
    • Character development!
  • 3. Strategies
    • Guidance Curriculum
    • Teacher Education:  Professional Development
    • Cyber Community
    • Personal Safety Online
    • Avoid Risky Behavior
    • Predators
    • What we need to teach…
    • Cyber Security
    • Identity Theft
    • Intellectual Property
    • Cyber Bullying
    • Parent Education
  • 4. Guidance Curriculum
    • Message can be value based or social skills (e.g. Boys Town Social Skills for Youth)
    • Establish ethical values.
    • We should be educating NOT schooling our students (Teach skills for life!)
    • Character traits, social skills training
    • Responsibility (parental, personal, and community)
    • Discuss behavior, use activities, role playing, books, etc.
    • Communicate with parents:  rules to help children, safety.
  • 5. Teacher Education:  Professional Development
    • Internet safety training required.
    • Implementation strategies
    • FREE resource for online training!
  • 6. Cyber Community
    • Actions, responsibilities, obligations
    • Avoid inappropriate places and actions
    • The digital world is NOT anonymous!
  • 7. Personal Safety Online
    • Identify and avoid danger
    • Interact safely
    • Think critically
    • React quickly to uncomfortable situations
  • 8. Avoid Risky Behavior
    • To be safe: 
      • Use careful screen names
      • Minors should avoid details in profiles
      • Use parent's e-mail address
      • Physical risks (meeting online friends)
      • Passwords - you are responsible (don't give out passwords)
      • Peripheral information (20 questions DON"T ANSWER!!!)
  • 9. Predators
    • Traditional vs. Online
    • Online:  male, 30-65, successful careers, college graduate, was married or currently married, had children of their own.
    • How predators hunt:  chat rooms
    • Isolating a child (what predators do):  chat room > check profiles > who is not being answered > private chat > asks "20" questions (i.e. asl, brothers or sisters, where is your computer, are you alone, location?)
    • Grooming procedure is about keeping secrets, sends gifts (web cam), asks for personal photos, desensitizes child, arranges to meet, threatens if they won't meet.
  • 10. What we need to teach…
    • Recognize
    • Refuse
    • Respond
    • Report
  • 11. Cyber Security
    • Responsible maintenance
    • Check computers at home
    • Keep track of child’s online activity
    • It is NOT snooping! It is keeping children safe!
  • 12. Identity Theft
    • Intercepting commands, phone calls, e-mails
    • Phishing
    • Key logging
    • Firewall
    • Unsolicited e-mails
  • 13. Intellectual Property
    • mp3s
    • Videos
    • Stealing is stealing!
  • 14. Cyber Bullying
    • Tie to bullying program (social skills training)
    • Stop Bullying Now:
    • Cyber Bullying of Teachers!
    • After interent safety week or skills are taught, inform parents so they can add support.
    • Ryan Halligan Story:
  • 15. Parent Education
    • Same topics as kids with a stronger message.
    • Never forget! Information and resources are all around (law enforcement, community, etc.)
    • Never be afraid to check your child's internet use.
    • Never overreact!
    • Help children to protect themselves.
    • Everything digital can be manipulated (pictures change, etc.)
    • Contact:
    • Communication is key!
    • Use every learning opportunity
    • What to do:  contact e-mail provider, contact police, every message has a record of where it came from!
  • 16. Summary
    • Recognize
    • Refuse
    • Respond
    • Report