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Online Safety: A Teacher’s Guide to Dealing with Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Student Privacy

Online Safety: A Teacher’s Guide to Dealing with Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Student Privacy
Social media and text messages have blurred the lines between students’ school lives and private lives. While most schools take clear steps to protect students at school, more schools are beginning to consider the need to set policies that apply to students’ activities outside of school. When it comes to questionable online activities like cyberbullying and sexting, kids sometimes feel pressured to follow the crowd. Teachers can play a crucial role in setting high expectations for online behavior. Schools can open conversations about online safety so that students learn to set personal boundaries and feel more comfortable reporting incidents like bullying and harassment. Image via Flickr by Brad Flickinger. Privacy Since the birth of the Internet, adults have been worried about kids sharing too much online. On the plus side, teens are becoming increasingly aware of the need to protect themselves online. What can you do? Have students commit to following school rules. Cyberbullying Sexting Related:  Digital Literacy

The 8 Digital Literacy Practices Required for 21st Century Learners January 4, 2015 Theoretically speaking, digital literacy is a concept that is in constant flux. It is perpetually shifting and expanding to include new practices and skills afforded by new emerging technologies. In their excellent book "Understanding Digital Literacies: A Practical Introduction", authors Jones and Hafner provide a detailed analysis of what it means to be a digitally literate in the light of the social media revolution and the widespread of web 2.0 technologies. As I was perusing it today, I came across this section in chapter one where the authors talk about the different digital literacy practices that are required to thrive in this digitally-focused era. Here is a quick overview of these practices: The ability to quickly search though and evaluate great masses of information.

What can schools do about bullying? Team leaders: Jonathon Magrath and Sophie Goldrick, year 10 students at Koonung Secondary College, are helping to trial the Peaceful Schools Program there. Photo: Joe Armao It started, as is so often does with girls, with a whispering campaign. The gossiping was endless. "Everything I seemed to do was something to talk about. A delegation of girls told a teacher that Amelia was being bullied. As she had feared, things got worse. Amelia's mother says the bullies made her daughter's life hell. Advertisement Amelia's family met her teachers. Research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies this year found one in three ten-year-olds said they had been bullied in Australian schools. "As a researcher and educator I have at times been disappointed and saddened at the low rate of progress in reducing bullying in schools," University of South Australia professor Ken Rigby, an international authority on bullying writes in his 2010 book How schools counter bullying. *Names have been changed

What is digital literacy? Digital literacy is the topic that made the ETMOOC learning space so irresistible to me… I think as educators we spout off about wanting our students to be digitally literate, but not many of us (myself included) have a firm grasp about what that actually means, and quite a number of us are still attempting to become digitally literate ourselves. Whatever that means. It turns out, defining digital literacy isn’t such an easy task. The etmooc community was fortunate enough to hear Doug Belshaw speak on this topic in a recent webinar. I’ve followed Doug on Twitter for quite some time, and it turns out his dissertation investigates just what is digital literacy… and his TED talk can be viewed here. Doug explained that digital literacy is quite ambiguous, and he doesn’t have all of the answers when it comes to defining these terms. 30 definitions of digital literacy represented in one of the first texts about the topic (from Gilster, published in 1998!!)

The 8 Steps of A Great Digital Storytelling Process March , 2014 Integrating digital storytelling requires more than just knowledge of the web tools to use for creating and sharing digital stories, the process if much more important. Helping kids and students learn through the use of digital storytelling entails the implementation of a well-paced plan that clearly outlines both the objectives and expectations behind this integration. Samantha Morra (Google certified teacher) has this wonderful visual on the process of digital storytelling. Come with an ideaResearch/explore and learnWrite/ScriptStoryboard/PlanGather/create images, gather/create audio, gather create video.Put it all togetherShareFeedback and reflect If you are looking for some web tools for teaching digital storytelling, I would recommend this page.

Cybersafety educational resources for teachers and schools: Cybersmart Professional development The Cybersmart Outreach program has been in high demand since its introduction, with many schools booking for repeat presentations. Over 2015 the ACMA will be placing a high priority on visiting those schools who have already registered, but have not yet received, one of our presentations. Find out more about our expanding virtual classroom program, covering issues such as cyberbullying and how to stay safe and secure online. #GameOn Aimed at upper primary / lower secondary students, #GameOn is a video series following the online experiences of a group friends. Topics covered include: Cyberbullying Excessive gaming Sharing passwords Free downloads Online friends

Digital Literacy | Communication Learning | Media Education | Skills Communication Awesome Visual Featuring 13 Important Google Search Tips for Students February 7, 2015 Here is a new interesting visual on Google search tips that I want to bring to your attention. The visual features 13 practical features that would allow students to conduct smart and time-saving searches on Google. We have already covered these and several other tips in previous posts here in this blog, but it would not hurt to remind our students of the rules of Google’s search game. The tips featured in this visual include: How to define a word How to search for words in the same orderHow to exclude certain wordsHow to search within a range of priceshow to search within a websiteFill in the blanksSearch by file typeHow to set a timerDo mathHow to convert currencyHow to find a GIFHow to search by title Source of the visual: Veravo Courtesy of Learning Infographics

What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship In my classroom, I use two essential approaches in the digital citizenship curriculum that I teach: proactive knowledge and experiential knowledge. Proactive Knowledge I want my students to know the “9 Key Ps” of digital citizenship. While I go into these Ps in detail in my book Reinventing Writing, here are the basics: 1. Passwords: Do students know how to create a secure password? 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Experiential Knowledge During the year, I touch on each of the points above with lessons and class discussions, but just talking is not enough. Truth or fiction: To protect us from disease, we are inoculated with dead viruses and germs. Turn students into teachers: You can have students create tutorials or presentations exposing common scams and how people can protect themselves. Collaborative learning communities: For the most powerful learning experiences, students should participate in collaborative learning (like the experiences shared in Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds).

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