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Explore this Editor's Choice of the best Internet Safety Resources on TeachersFirst. Modeling and helping students learn about Internet safety is the responsibility of every adult in our students' lives, including teachers in all subject areas and parents at home. As adults learn more about wise online behavior and build awareness of our own digital footprints, we must continue to share and openly discuss these issues with the young people in our classrooms and homes. Use these resources to stay up to date on the pros and cons of technology's capabilities. Build awareness instead of fear as you and your students discover how the power of the Internet can be harnessed for safe learning and communication.  Be sure also to visit the TeachersFirst Edge for teacher-friendly tips on using today's web tools safely and within school policies. 

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Try the Google Yourself - BackgroundCheck.org

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9 to 12
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Take the "Google Yourself" Challenge to find out what others may learn about you by searching the Internet. This infographic provides information on personal online sharing such as...more
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Take the "Google Yourself" Challenge to find out what others may learn about you by searching the Internet. This infographic provides information on personal online sharing such as the number of people with phone numbers, birth dates, photos, and other information readily available online. Take the challenge and search for your name on Google to find what personal information you have online. Find what others with your name may have online and may get confused with you. Learn also who may be looking you up on search engines and why this is important to know.
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tag(s): digital citizenship (78), infographics (50), internet safety (120)

In the Classroom

Share this infographic on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and discuss with students as part of online safety lessons and digital citizenship. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Have students complete the challenge as an informative exercise before completing college applications.

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Netwars - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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9 to 12
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Immerse yourself in the all-too-real world of cyber warfare through this interactive documentary. While possibly a bit alarmist, this project tells the story of cyber warfare using...more
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Immerse yourself in the all-too-real world of cyber warfare through this interactive documentary. While possibly a bit alarmist, this project tells the story of cyber warfare using several types of media: online video "webdoc," a graphic novel app (device agnostic and free), a fictional eBook/audiobook/paper book, and interview clips from real world experts on cyber security. Unfortunately, the "webdoc" video intro includes an expletive inappropriate for a classroom, so you will want to preview and probably skip the intro if sharing this in a school setting. Check out the Facts section for tips on protecting your own online data and browsing information. Netwars is optimized to work on any device with a modern web browser and an Internet connection. Only the interactive novel has iOS and Android apps

tag(s): internet safety (120)

In the Classroom

Use portions of this site with more mature students to spark discussion about the real (or unreal?) threats of cybersecurity. Every week, news stories about data breaches and hacking proliferate. Include this site as one of many current events topics in a government or civics class where you talk about the issues facing both the executive and legislative branches -- as well as the constitutionality of some proposed solutions. In a research unit in English class, include this as a site to be evaluated. Is this a reliable source? Does it show bias? Is the threat portrayed substantiated with facts or is it designed to scare the audience? Have student groups write and create a web tour using a tool such as Screencast-o-matic, reviewed here, to make an argument about the site and support their points with examples from the site's visual "text." Challenge gifted students to research other evidence supporting or debunking the facts from this site. Since the site is also available in German, world language teacher may want to share it with more advanced German students for language listening and practice.

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Digital Passport - Common Sense Media

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3 to 5
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Digital Passport is an interactive, engaging, and effective way to teach and test the basics of digital citizenship designed for upper elementary grades. Create and add student groups...more
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Digital Passport is an interactive, engaging, and effective way to teach and test the basics of digital citizenship designed for upper elementary grades. Create and add student groups to assign, monitor, and customize assignments for students. This site consists of five topical modules covering privacy, cyberbullying, communication, creative credit, and search. Module Guides accompanying each lesson include complete guides and suggestions for teaching and using the activity. Be sure to download the Educator Handbook for a complete guide to effectively using the Digital Passport.

tag(s): cyberbullying (48), digital citizenship (78)

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Create an account and assign activities to students to complete at home or on classroom computers. Share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Word Clouds for Kids, reviewed here, for younger students, or WordItOut, reviewed here, for older students. Be sure to share Digital Passport with parents and other teachers as an excellent resource for teaching digital citizenship.
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TeachersFirst Sample Wiki Warranty (Web Tool Permission Slip) - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Download this sample Word document to create a customized parent permission slip/student contract for use of a class wiki -- or any web tools and apps -- safely and within ...more
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Download this sample Word document to create a customized parent permission slip/student contract for use of a class wiki -- or any web tools and apps -- safely and within your school policies. (If you do not have Word software, you can upload and convert it to Google Drive/Docs to edit there.) The form includes many provisions and consequences. Simply delete the ones you do not need or that do not fit your classroom situation. Add/delete any specific tools you plan to use or ways you may use them. Please give proper credit in the footer of your new permission form as being "adapted from a sample form provided by TeachersFirst.com" and giving this url. Save AS a new file name to use as your own class or school permission form. For more ideas on the safe use of web tools, see the TeachersFirst Edge Tips. If you teach younger students, you may want to start with the form for elementary students reviewed here.

tag(s): classroom management (146), digital citizenship (78), internet safety (120)

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Save this document and your adaptations of it for use from year to year. If your school is still struggling to establish the terms under which it WILL allow access to web tools for students to create and publish online, use this form as a starting point for discussions with school administration.

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Cyber Safety - Internet Safety Tips - Open Colleges, Ltd

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4 to 12
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Cyber Safety is your go-to guide for learning Internet safety. Scroll through the page to view information on cyber bullying, identity theft, plagiarism, computer viruses, and general...more
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Cyber Safety is your go-to guide for learning Internet safety. Scroll through the page to view information on cyber bullying, identity theft, plagiarism, computer viruses, and general Internet safety. Each section includes comprehensive information such as facts and legal issues as well as examples and what to do in each instance. There is also a quiz and tips for parents.

tag(s): cyberbullying (48), internet safety (120), plagiarism (35)

In the Classroom

This site is an excellent resource for teaching and reinforcing online safety lessons. View on your interactive whiteboard as a class either in one session or several smaller sessions/lessons. Assign students to become experts on one safety concern and share an explanation about it with the class. Enhance or transform classroom technology use (depending on teacher requirements) by asking students to create a simple or multimedia infographic sharing what they learn using Venngage reviewed here. Be sure to share with parents at an Open House or through your classroom website.

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Safety Center: Staying Safe on YouTube - Google Education

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6 to 12
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Google Education has created this curriculum for secondary teachers including several articles supporting responsible digital citizenship not only with YouTube but with all online activity....more
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Google Education has created this curriculum for secondary teachers including several articles supporting responsible digital citizenship not only with YouTube but with all online activity. There is an introductory video about Google and being safe on the Internet. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable; be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the videos on classroom computers.

tag(s): digital citizenship (78), internet safety (120)

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Assign groups to read different articles and share the highlights with the class. Show students how to summarize using this information. Enhance learning by using a tool like SuperNotecard, reviewed here, to have students take notes. Pair weak readers with strong readers for this activity. Further extend learning by having students create online posters using Design Bold, reviewed here, to illustrate the concepts they learned to others in their class.
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NetSmartzKids - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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K to 8
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NetSmartz''''® is an interactive, Internet safety resource that uses 3-D activities to teach how to stay safe. Games, videos, and activities provide information using three characters...more
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NetSmartz''''® is an interactive, Internet safety resource that uses 3-D activities to teach how to stay safe. Games, videos, and activities provide information using three characters - Clickie, Nettie, and Webster. This site has more than just your typical topics, such as: Inbox Defender Don't Open That File: A Computer Virus Game, The Password Rap, and much more. Router's Birthday Surprise is a new addition to the site and it includes a teacher's guide for classroom use along with an ongoing activity that can be saved and revisited at a later time. Although this site states that it is designed for ages 5-17, our editors found most of the activities were designed for elementary and middle school ages.

tag(s): computers (109), internet safety (120)

In the Classroom

Use this site to reinforce and teach Internet safety rules. Ask students to complete a quiz on Internet safety before allowing computer access. Provide those who pass with NetSmartz UYN club cards provided on the site to use as a "computer driving license." This is a great site to share on your class wiki, blog, or website for families to peruse together.
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Google Family Safety Center - Google

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K to 12
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The Google Safety Center is a one stop shop for teachers and parents for information about keeping children safe online. The site provides instructions and resources on how to use ...more
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The Google Safety Center is a one stop shop for teachers and parents for information about keeping children safe online. The site provides instructions and resources on how to use Google tools to safely access the internet. The site even includes "video tips."

tag(s): internet safety (120)

In the Classroom

Use the resources from the site to show students how to safely search the internet. Post the link on your class website for parents to access from home. In addition, set up a safe search engine for students to use when doing research.
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