e-PD Module: Cyber Safety

Cyber Safety: The Rationale
As educators, our job is to teach children and keep them safe in the process, both in real time and online.
No doubt, life as we know it has become inundated with information.  We live in a 24/7 "infowhelm" society. As educators, not only must we be models of digital citizenship ourselves, but we must know and understand the potential hazards and pitfalls facing children as we teach them the Information and Technology Essential Standards around the strand, Safety and Ethical Issues.

This e-PD is designed as a collaborative group-paced online learning module with a target audience of 6th-8th grade teachers. Although it may be done individually, it is designed to be done with a small or large group of teachers with built-in time to "stop and talk."  This e-PD module will address the middle grades IT Essential Standard:

6.SE.1.1 - "Apply the safety precautions necessary when using online resources (personal information, passwords,etc)."

This module could easily be adapted for K-5 teachers, where the Safety and Ethical Issues (SE) strand of the IT Essential Standards for each grade is:
Kindergarten - "Remember internet safety"
1st Grade - "Explain why safety is important when using the Internet."
2nd Grade - "Explain why safe use of electronic resources in important."
3rd Grade - "Understand internet safety precautions (personal information, passwords, etc)
4th Grade - "Understand internet safety precautions (personal information, passwords, etc)
5th Grade - "Understand internet safety precautions (personal information, passwords, etc)

***from  NC DPI Essential Standards for IT Skills OR (pdf version)***

Part 1 (5 minutes): Module Pre-Assessment
 First, navigate to the Module Pre-Assessment. Complete it individually and return to
 this page to begin Part 2 of the module.

Part 2 (10 minutes): Managing Digital Information & Internet Resources
Now, as a group, watch the video below to wrap your brain around the amount of information that is online... in fact, more information than we will ever need. This video demonstrates the immense amount of information available to all learners. Managing these resources requires a different set of skills than those taught in a traditional school environment. As teachers, how do we sift through and manage the enormous amount of information we recieve on a daily basis AND keep kids safe in the process? It is important that teachers learn how to be good information and digital resource managers before we begin to teach our students how to do so, safely and critically. 

After watching the video, have a discussion with the folks at your table, about some of the implications for students and learning online while at school.

Part 3 (15 minutes): Keeping Personal Information Private.
When students are working online through blogs, chatting, or posting on social networking sites, they often give away important information that can compromise their real world safety. While there are specific instances where it's ok to release personal information (like the school may have permission to use your written work or post your picture online), for the most part, students should not release, share, tell , or complete online fields that want personal information online.  Here is a list of 10 Things to keep private:

Read the list together and discuss implications for student safety if this information is purposefully or accidently shared. Then, watch this video.

Discuss the following questions with your group: What is your reaction? What personal information did the girl give out? What is your role is keeping kids safe online while at school?

Part 4 (10 minutes). Navigate your browser to this My Space link, and see if you can find 10 safety problems with this child's My Space page.

Source: http://www.komando.com/myspace/

Part 5 (20 minutes).Explore and evaluate the following websites that ask students for personal information and discuss their level of safety and security. Would you consider these sites cyber safe for students? Discuss why or why not.

Zapak Kids
Scientific American: Ask a Scientist
Model UN: Ask an Ambassador

Other Related (&Helpful) Links & Sites:
CyberSmart Curriculum (complete lessons per grade level)
Real World vs. Online Safety Pledges
WCPSS Policy on Student Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources

After exploring the videos and links provided, reflect on what you've learned and come to realize over the last 60 minutes. Think about questions you still have and digital areas of conscientiousness that have been raised in your mind as you move forward creating your classroom blog (for parents and community members) and your student blog (for student responses to class texts,  critique of each other's work, experiments and classroom activities.)

Complete the Module Reflection HERE.  



Jennifer Gibson said...

Thanks! I have already shared with our technology integration specialists so they can use districtwide! Important topic.

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Thank you!

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