Students interact with music, video, apps, social media and other digital content every day, but do they understand the rules that govern this content? Are they acting responsibly while they are online? These are important topics that educators need to address along with other more traditionally taught ideas around personal safety and social responsibility.
To help teachers with this increasingly relevant topic, Microsoft has released a free curriculum that addresses digital citizenship, intellectual property rights, and creative content rights.
The Digital Citizenship and Creative Content program is aimed at secondary students and offers cross-curricular classroom activities that align with the American Association of School Librarians and National Education Technology Standards. The program is designed to work to support students in becoming respectful digital citizens and provides insights and advice from other students.
Other online resources:
ConnectSafely is for parents, teens, educators, advocates – everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web. This site is is a project of Tech Parenting Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, Calif., and Salt Lake City, Utah. Safety tips are available in Spanish.
Get Web Wise
The Government of Alberta created this website to educate parents, teens and children on Internet safety.
Be Web Aware
Be Web Aware was developed by the Media Awareness Network, Microsoft Canada and Bell as a national Internet safety program.
NetSmartz has created resources for educators, parents/guardians, teens and kids.
This site was developed to help online users make informed choices and decisions using the Internet. It is a public service created by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences.
SafeKids provides tips for social networking, Internet safety, cell phone use, and cyberbullying.
An Internet safety website for students, teachers and parents full of resources and interactive activities. Created by Childnet International, this is a great site for elementary students
This site, created by the federal government, provides tips and multimedia resources on how to protect your personal information when using the Internet. The site is available in Spanish.