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Digital Citizenship - Internet Safety
The Elk Grove Unified School District is committed to supporting 21st century teaching and learning. Given the pace at which new Web 2.0 tools emerge, such as blogs, wikis, and podcasts, district staff recognized the need to implement a comprehensive program to teach the safe, effective, and ethical use of these digital age technologies to staff, students, and parents. With that in mind, in 2008, EGUSD created an Internet Safety Program.
The EGUSD Internet Safety Program is an on-going project and commitment. As new tools emerge, the district expands the curriculum and trainings accordingly. Currently, the district provides Internet Safety workshops for teachers, administrators, and parents.
District staff also created the 2WebWatchers blog to invite the EGUSD community at large into an on-going, online discussion on pertinent topics. Information from the blog is also shared with parents in a printed format via school newsletters.
The district has an Internet Safety Task Force that meets regularly to address new issues and to assess program progress. We have also expanded the program to include partnerships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Eastern California and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Below you will find a number of tools and resources regarding Internet Safety. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internet Safety Blog
2WebWatchers is an interactive forum committed to informing the EGUSD community of students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the safe, effective, and ethical use of the Internet.
Our top priority is protecting students online and empowering them with skills to lead the way as responsible digital citizens of the 21st century. In addition to cybersafety, therefore, the 2WebWatchers blog actively invites discussions pertaining to netiquette, cyberbullying, and social networking.
Link to the 2WebWatchers Blog
Link to the Cyberspace Glossary
Cyber Safety Links
Parent Tip Sheet - Internet Safety
for Elementary School Kids
Common Sense Media
A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
An FBI Publication - Cyber Division
The Leader in Internet Safety Education - endorsed by the U.S. Congress
Internet Safety Connections Game
Common Sense Media Curriculum/Lesson Plans/Activity Sheets
Teacher Lesson Plans printable by grade level
Student Activity Sheets printable by grade level
Free K-8 Curriculum empowering students to use the Internet safely, responsibly and effectively.
Staying Safe on YouTube
Google Safety Center Videos
A place for teens and parents to learn how to use the Internet safely.
Keeping Kids and Teens safer on the Internet
Watch teens share their own “Real-Life Stories” about issues affecting them on the Internet such as cyberbullying, online enticement, and giving out too much personal information.
Get Net Wise
Online Safety Guide
Web Wise Kids
Equipping today's Youth to Make Wise Choices Online - Parent Resources
Child Safety on the Information Highway
SafeKids.com - online safety and civility
Take the "Online Safety Quiz"on the SafeKids.com Website
Do you have what it takes to graduate from the Webonauts Internet Academy?
A forum for parents, teens, experts to discuss safe socializing on the fixed and mobile Web - Includes cell phone safety tips and tips in Español.
EGUSD Board Policy
BP 5131.2 - Bullying
That's Not Cool
Where do you draw your digital line? Catchy "call-out cards" and other tools help kids become upstanders
"Hero in the Hallway" Website/Video
Edutopia's Digital Citizenship Roundup
Articles and community discussions on cyberbullying and more
Common Sense Media
Includes cyberbullying parent tip sheets and a video
McGruff.org - Cyberbullies - Includes Retro - Shrink the Cyberbully game
Digital Citizen HUB
Nickelodeon and Common Sense Media team up to teach you how to be cyber savvy. Harness the power of the Internet and learn how to be a good digital citizen.
MTV's A Thin Line
Interactive tools engage older kids in defining what it means to "cross the line"
Cyberbullying Research Center
The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.
Cyberbully.org - Parent Guide to Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats
Stop Bullying Now
What Students Can Do. Features 3 "webisodes" on common bullying issues.
Tim and Moby take on cyberbullies
Cyber Ethics Links
BibMe - BibMe is an automated citation creator and bibliography generator that can save you loads of time building and formatting your references. Here's a 90-second video introduction to show you how simple BibMe makes it to cite your sources.
You Quote It, You Note It - Interactive slideshow on how to avoid plagiarism
Copyright What's Copyright? - Some basics - in a School House Rock format
Learning about Copyright
Cyberbee's Copyright Lessons and Resources - Excellent site for elementary students
Copyright for Kids
A Visit to Copyright Bay - Designed for educators.
Teaching Copyright - From the Electronic Frontier Foundation, this site offers lessons that "foster basic skills in research, writing, and critical thinking" to help students understand their basic rights and responsibilities.
Permission Request Template
Cyberbee's Copyright & Fair Use
U.S. Copyright Law
Learning about Fair Use
"The fundamental goals of media literacy education—to cultivate critical thinking about media and its role in culture and society and to strengthen creative communication skills—are compromised by unnecessary copyright restrictions and lack of understanding about copyright law." ~ Renee Hobbs
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education- Includes the video below, a great resource for workshops
Unlocking Copyright Confusion- Temple University's Renee Hobbs has created this wiki, along with a slideshow, Finally the End to Copyright Confusion Has Arrived, and other teaching resources such as the Media Education Lab''s curriculum, with a section for elementary, middle and high school.Each unit comes with age-level appropriate videos to make key five areas accessible.
For great examples of the Center for Social Media's "transformativeness standard," checkout the videoclips. - Such as User's Rights, Section 107 - Introduction to fair use
From Stanford's Center for Internet and Society: A Fair(y) Tale
Joyce Valenza's Classroom Resources for Copyright & Fair Use
Creative Common's Wanna Work Together Video
Creative Commons - What Every Educator Needs to Know - Comprehensive narrated slideshow of origins and implications of cc by Rodd Lucier
Ewa McGrail's Copyright Activity for Teachers - Combination of hands-on exploration and links to Creative Commons resources
Social Networking Resource Links
Common Sense Media - Parent Tip Sheet - Social Media
Young People and Social Networking Sites
Newbies Guide to Facebook
Common Sense Media - Facebook for Parents
Common Sense Media - Parent Tip Sheet - Facebook
ConnectSafely - Parents' Guide to Facebook (By Anne Collier and Larry Magid)
Introducing Facebook Timeline
2WebWatchers - Facebook Privacy Settings
Keep Your Family Safe Online - Top 3 Mistakes Kids Make on Facebook (Privacy Settings)
Safety - Parent and Teen Tips
Education.com - Parent's Guide to Twitter
Web Filtering and Parental Controls Software
EGUSD does not endorse vendors. The links below are in response to parents’ requests for software to help monitor children’s Internet use.
Game System/Website Parental Control Resource Links
Xbox 360 Console Parent Controls
Nintendo - Wii Parents – Setting Parental Controls
Nintendo DS Browser Content Filtering
PS3 – PLAYSTATION 3 - Parental Controls
PSP - Parental Controls
Webkinz for Parents – FAQ’s
Disney – Club Penguin Parent Guide
2011 Internet Safety Video Contest Winners
EGUSD students in grades 4-12 were invited to produce a PSA video that promotes the safe and ethical use of the Internet.
Click here to view the winning PSA videos
2008 Internet Safety Video Contest Winners
U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott and the EGUSD Board of Education honored 27 EGUSD students for their work on Internet Safety videos at the December 16, 2008, Board of Education meeting.
Link to spotlight story and winning videos.