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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Social Media

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The drawbacks of social media are well-documented—like anonymous trolls posting negative comments just to spark controversy. However, said Jamie Knowles, Senior Manager of Educator Professional Learning Programs at Common Sense Media, social media also has the ability to help users share their stories and shed a positive light on their activities. Student misuse: Common Sense Media’s research shows students report social media can be a distraction.

Program Combatting Privacy and Tech Overuse Encourages Students to Take Control

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Dignity—it’s not a word often associated with social media and online interaction. It’s a time when parents feel like they are losing control of their kids, yet the kids still have the capability to learn good technology habits. Reputational Harm and Digital Footprint.

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Using Social-Emotional Learning to Combat Digital Stress

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But that 24/7 environment has also brought increased stress to students’ lives as issues they encounter at school, especially on social media, follow them home. They become stressors, though, because of how students navigate the digital space.

Teaching cybersecurity to your students: 3 basic tips

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Learning is more digital than ever and it will only continue in that direction. But along the advantages and immense potential of digital learning, threats are lurking in the binary universe as well. Digital security threats can come from new and unexpected sources. According to a study done by Symantec , apps with the most cybersecurity issues are lifestyle apps, which account for 27 percent of malicious apps. Today’s students are digital natives.

Four Steps to Help Students Develop a Healthy Media Diet

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With the proliferation of technology in school and at home, parents are looking for direction on how to keep their kids’ media habits in check. Librarians, who are often at the front lines of media and tech in schools, can provide that crucial guidance. The discussions shouldn’t focus on denying technology, though, said Michelle Cooper, Library Media Specialist, White Oak ISD, TX in the edWebinar “ Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World.”

Top Edtech Classroom Tools

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And to help teachers navigate the plethora of materials for the digital classroom, Tanner Higgin, Director of Education Editorial Strategy at Common Sense Education, presented “ 50 Top Edtech Tools for the Classroom.” Adobe Spark : This flexible design tool lets teachers and students design everything from a web page to a social media post. It makes math more accessible because students can make and learn from mistakes. Social Studies Stunners.

Reducing Online Security and Privacy Risk in Your School

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Student privacy and school security are growing concerns in schools that can have consequences from negative media attention to losing parent and student trust. Bill Fitzgerald, Director of the Privacy Evaluation Initiative for Common Sense Media, provided simple ways to assess online privacy and security in “ Online Security, Privacy, and Risk: How to Avoid Becoming a Headline.” Read your school’s social media guidelines and review your privacy settings.

Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

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How should an entire district begin teaching digital citizenship? In “ Roadmap to Districtwide Digital Citizenship Adoption ,” Theresa Ellington, Instructional Technology Manager at Life Schools Charter School in Texas, explained how she was able to implement a digital citizenship curriculum throughout the Title I district with limited time and no money, and shared lessons learned from the district’s first year using a digital citizenship curriculum.