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Connect Safely

By Larry Magid and Anne Collier
Connect Safely serves as a public platform to give parents, teens and all stakeholders a voice in the public discussion about social Web safety and youth. The website provides a central space for learning about the social Web with features that include:
  1. Latest News that impacts Internet, videogame and mobile users;
  2. Safety Tips & Advice on responsible Internet use, cyberbullying, social networking, blogging, gaming and media-sharing. Handouts are available in Spanish;
  3. Forum for parents and kids;
  4. Links to leading resources that work to keep kids safe;
  5. Press room for the latest news; and
  6. Guest Commentaries from the world’s most-recognized safety advocates.


Published by Tech Parenting Group in 2006

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Junior/Community College, University
Curriculum Areas:Education
Mathematics
History/Social Science
Themes/Keywords: Cyberbullying
Internet Safety
Social Web


Vocabulary
cyberbullying, social web, internet filters, sexting, video-sharing, privacy, technology use policy, social networking, phishing, identity theft, digital safety, digital citizenship, hacker, netiquette, cyber crime


Essential Question(s)
1. What is internet safety?
2. What information on the web is reliable?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What is cyberbullying?
2. What is 'private' on the internet?
3. How can you validate web information?

Extension and Activities
1. Language Arts: Create a multimedia presentation on internet safety for a previous grade level. Include graphics and slogans that are grade level appropriate.
2. History/Social Science: Students will organize a mini-conference for parents on digital citizenship. Develop student workshops/webinars for parents on topics such as - cyber safety, social networking, cyberbullying.
3. Mathematics: Create a survey on cybersafety. Compare your results to other surveys on the same topic. Share the results (graphs and summary) with the community.
4. Science: Create a chart to compare cyberbullying and the traditional form of bullying. Include and cite current research.


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pictureBernice Stafford
Educational Consultant
CILC - Carlsbad, California






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