Online Safety & Netiquette In the Upper Elementary Grades By Charles Herzog Grade 6 Teacher Flood Brook Union School
Online History: School• no web 2.0 (interactivity)• mostly skill & drill: phonics, math• some research (largely in 5th grade)
Online History: Home Vast Differences Among Students
• Half have Facebook (email) accounts, and online chat regularly, have mobile phones. They, likely, spend time online daily. A few know how to download music legally & illegally.• One quarter have email accounts, might participate in online chats. They’re online presence is inconsistent.• One quarter have no online presence. They have slow, or no internet connectivity.
Coordinate with your school Media Specialist (Librarian)* http://goanimate.com/movie/0XAeA10RWE_Q?utm_source=linkshare&uid=0f-uEQORicb4 (keeping information private)* http://goanimate.com/movie/0ahvEkUXO_2Y?utm_source=linkshare&uid=0ZEINIkghsqE (cyberbullying)* http://www.voki.com/php/viewmessage/?chsm=25025d17ffed82dba5d722db03334ae4&mId=945920 (not sharing informationwhile playing online video games)* http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/12578483/internet-movie (not giving outlogin information)
Netiquette Fundamentals• Publish your best work.• Think before you post: Make sure what you write is appropriateto put online.• Always tell the truth on your posts• Say what you mean, and mean what you say.• Online work is NOT private. Never say anything on a blog thatyou wouldn’t mind seeing on the school bulletin board, or in thelocal newspaper.• Get descriptive in your title. The title helps your audience decideif they want to read your post or not.• Try to link to other ideas or resources that back up the point youare trying to get across or further explain or enhance your content.
More Netiquette Fundamentals• Make your writing physically attractive. Add a supportiveimage, use bullets and paragraphs appropriately.• Give credit in your works cited list to anyone whose work youuse. Never use other people’s work and call it your own. In otherwords, don’t cut, copy, or plagiarize Internet content!• Share your knowledge with others; when you learn somethingnew, pass it along to someone else who can benefit.• Carefully proofread your online work before you post, just likeyou would a regular letter. Use good form, spelling andgrammar.• Capital letters are regarded as “SHOUTING.” Be careful withthem.
Online Identity Keep yourself and your friends SAFE.o Addresso Last Nameo Passwordo Phone Numbero E-mail addresso Detailed physical descriptiono Detailed location where you can be found on a givenday and timeo Photos of yourself (?)
Think Before You PostOnce you submit content, even if you choose to delete itlater, it is online FOREVER. Can you be proud ofEVERYTHING you post, upload or contribute online?* People who’ve made the mistake of postinginappropriate content on Facebook, or other socialmedia have been denied jobs.
Videos: Appropriatefor Upper Elementary Grades and Up• Think Before You Post: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w4_Hrwh2XI• Once Posted You Lose It: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE2Ru-jqyrY
Cyberbullying• Talk about and recognize three roles played in bullying: * Victim * Bully * Bystander * Upstander• Awareness of how cyber bullying can affect someone* Remind students that behind each online avatar oridentity is a real person with feelings.• Discuss with your students how to recognize and preventcyber bullying.
What to do if you Encounter Cyberbullyingo STOP - immediately leave the online environment or activitywhere bullying is going on.o BLOCK e-mails or instant messages received from bullies.NEVER RESPOND.o RECORD all harassing messages and send them to yourInternet provider (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.). Most providers havepolicies about users harassing people on their server.o PRINT all harassing messages to be used as evidence againstthe bully.o TALK to a trusted adult about the cyber bullying; alert thepolice when bullying involves physical threats.
Time & Date Stamps* Every click is time & date stamped onyour computer hard drive.* Everywhere you go online is time & datestamped. (Consider showing thembrowsing histories, emails, printed textmessages, blog posts, tweets, etc.)
Social v Academic CommentingThese are school blogs, so we “do” academiccommenting.• Related to the content of the post.• Continuing a conversation started in the post or in othercomments.• Connected to content learned or discussed in theclassroom.• Challenges someone’s point of view.• Add something to the author’s post in form of a :o linko connectiono idea
Commenting Etiquette• Acknowledge the author of the blog post.• Let the author know if you agree with him/her and why.• It is also ok to disagree with something, just let the author knowwhy you feel that way.• One word comments are not very useful. Writing just “cool” or“nice” are not very helpful and don’t let the author of the blog postreally know what you are thinking.• Always make sure you follow “netiquette”. Think if it isappropriate BEFORE you hit the submit button.• Always be polite . It does not matter if you agree or disagree withwhat you are reading in a blog. Don’t write anything you would beashamed of saying to someone’s face. Don’t hurt somebody’sfeelings.
Commenting Starters • Your writing made me think that we should……. • I wish I understood why……. • This is important because……. • Another thing to consider is……. • I can relate to this……. • This makes me think of……. • I discovered……. • I don’t understand……. • I was reminded that……. • I found myself wondering…….
Grammar & SpellingDo you value content above all and are willing to closean eye to spelling? Or are you willing to take lesscontent in exchange of time spent on grammar andspelling? You need to communicate yourexpectations clearly to your students.
Online Safety &Netiquette Resources• http://www.freetech4teachers.com/search/label/ Internet%20Safety (an extensive list of resources)• http://prezi.com/squgvn6b26uy/netiquette/ (wonderful, kid-friendly presentation on netiquette)• http://comments4kids.blogspot.com/ (compilation of class/student blogging community)