This month I have been compiling a list of Resource sites for Digital Citizenship information. The list includes some sites that I have blogged about before, but all of them have great information and can be jumping off points for parents and teachers to lead some interesting discussions.
One site that has a huge amount of information is Common Sense Media‘s site (https://www.commonsense.org/ or https://www.commonsensemedia.org/). Some of my favorite parts of this site are its video (https://www.commonsense.org/education/video) and poster (https://www.commonsense.org/education/posters) libraries. Also a favorite of mine is their list of toolkits with downloadable materials (https://www.commonsense.org/education/toolkits). I’ll mention just a few of them here:
- The Social and Emotional Learning Toolkit – https://www.commonsense.org/education/toolkit/social-emotional-learning
- Beyond Fake News: A News and Media Literacy Toolkit – https://www.commonsense.org/education/toolkit/news-and-media-literacy
- #DeviceFreeDinner: A Toolkit for Driving Home Digital Citizenship – https://www.commonsense.org/education/toolkit/device-free-dinner
- Standing Up, Not Standing By: An Anti-Cyberbullying Toolkit – https://www.commonsense.org/education/cyberbullying-toolkit, and
- Girls, Boys, and Media: A Gender and Digital Life Toolkit – https://www.commonsense.org/education/gender
NetSmartz (https://www.netsmartz.org/Home) is an online interactive program from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. It has a special section called NetSmartz Teens or NSTeens for short (https://www.nsteens.org/). This site also has lot of resources to view and download – the NSTeens part has a lot of videos that can be used to discuss some sensitive issues for teens.
iKeepSafe.org (https://ikeepsafe.org/) – the website for the iKeepSafe Coalition maintains a blog with many articles on Digital Citizenship topics (https://ikeepsafe.org/category/digital-citizenship/). They also have a list of resources for Parents, Educators, and Community members (see image below).
iKeepSafe has also posted a lot of video content on Youtube that can be used by parent and educators (https://www.youtube.com/user/ikeepsafeorg). Two of their playlists that are of special note are Student Privacy for K12 Educators – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcCI70ryDObZWnn904XG8lWsYISBwSQp4
and Faux Paw the Techno Cat – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL60FACB64129A9541.
YouTube (https://sites.google.com/site/21stcenturyclassroomclassroom/youtube-digital-citizenship) has created an interactive curriculum that teaches students how to be responsible digital citizens, responsible YouTube users, and how to protect their privacy online. View the first video here – https://www.youtube.com/embed/vXw55E2JbPE. You view the Teacher’s Guide or a PDF of the Lesson Slide Presentation from Google Docs.
Edutopia’s 5-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship – View https://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-digital-citizenship for a list of the videos. Or you can use this playlist at YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvzOwE5lWqhRhUa0Zet5__9yfLX8NRvb3
From the Teaching Channel – Teaching Digital Citizenship – https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/teaching-digital-citizenship
The Digital Passport Game – https://www.digitalpassport.org/educator-registration
Jon Castelhano’s article, The State of Digital Citizenship – https://www.techlearning.com/tl-advisor-blog/11016
PBS Kid’s Webonaut game – http://pbskids.org/webonauts/ (Flash Required)
Childnet International – http://www.digizen.org/
Some Resources specifically for Parents
Protecting Your Kids Online 2.0 – PDF from NetSmartz
Live My Digital – a video series to help families and children stay safe online.
Common Sense Media Widget for Parents
From WiredSafety – Keeping Yourself and Your Family Safe Online
The New York City Department of Education has published a set of guidelines for Social Media Use and Digital Citizenship – http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/SocialMedia/sliderContent/DigitalCitizenship.htm. Other resources from NYC schools for Digital Citizenship – http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/SocialMedia/default.htm.
Please take a moment and let us know what you think of these resources. We would also love to know if you use them in class. Send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org