How to Teach Social Media Safety

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All teachers agree that digital citizenship is essential knowledge for students whether they’re going onto college or a career, yet when I ask who in their school teaches it, they always shrug. These days, teachers should introduce students to the world of social media so they can begin to develop the skills they need to live a safe digital life. That’s why educators should teach children digital etiquette , starting with the “What Would Grandma Say?”

How Do We Teach Kids to Use Smartphones Safely?

The CoolCatTeacher

Digital Citizenship Spotlight From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Most students use smartphones with unfiltered access to the Internet. Schools and parents need to get smart about how they talk to kids about smartphones. In today’s show, we talk with digital citizenship pioneer, Dr. Mike Ribble, about a cutting-edge issue: student smartphone use.

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Smartphones in the classroom

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In my summer digital citizenship classes, the biggest question I get is how to control student cell phone usage. Luckily, Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Andrew Carroll, former High School teacher, has a great analysis of the problem and discussion of solutions below: How to control smartphone usage in classroom? It’s a smartphone that your students are using. Digital devices, especially smartphones and tablets, have become an appendage for schools.

7 digital citizenship resources for educators and parents

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More children than ever have easy access to mobile devices at home and in school, making it critical to impart strong digital citizenship lessons to students. Children have access at younger ages– 42 percent of children up to age 8 have their own tablet, 95 percent of families with children in that age range have a smartphone available for that child’s use, and 78 percent have a tablet.

Is Breaking News Broken on Social Media?

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The internet and social media give us tools to find out what's happening almost instantly -- sometimes even in real time. Today, even established news outlets now compete for readers' attention in social media feeds.

Talking Social Media With Your Children

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Social media is one of the main ways of communication and our world morphs ever so slightly into different most popular choices. As a mom on the cusp of the social media world with adolescents I protected my children maybe too much at times. If I had pre-teens today I definitely wouldn't let them have social media accounts (to me the risk outweighs the gain) but I would start the social media world with my 13 year olds as soon as I could with accountability and talks.

5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents

The CoolCatTeacher

Children with smartphones have unfiltered access to the Internet unless their parents make a decision to filter. Why Do Students Need Protection on their SmartPhones? So, for example, I know that 20% of the time, they’re surfing and on social media, while 10% of the time they’re actually playing online games. 5 Idea Friday All Grades Chromebooks Digital Citizenship Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

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It’s Not Digital Citizenship—It’s Just Citizenship, Period.

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Citizenship knows no boundaries. The civics lessons we teach our students outside of the digital arena apply to the online world and vice versa. As a classroom teacher and an instructional technologist, I struggled with how to find time in students’ already-busy schedules to incorporate digital citizenship, even though I knew it was important to teach. So I lost the digital. I hope you can begin to “lose the digital," too.

Digital Citizenship: The Critical Call To Educate and Prepare 21st-Century Learners

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We live in unprecedented times of great digital advances and innovation. Today’s youth are digital natives who are unaware of life without Internet access, instant communication, mobile phones and an abundance of on-demand information sitting in their pockets. Although this generation can navigate the digital world with ease, it is unreasonable to assume young people fully understand how to leverage technology for best possible outcomes. By: Robyn Shulman, M.Ed.

How to Keep Kids Safe

The CoolCatTeacher

In this episode, Shannon Mclintock -Miller and I discuss current best practices about digital citizenship and online safety for kids. If you’ve ever taught kids who have their own smartphones, you know how quickly social media problems can escalate at school. Why every school should include digital citizenship in their curriculum. I’ve also included some of my favorite free digital citizenship education options.

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Tips for Successful Digital Parenting

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Should kids put up their smartphones and talk to each other and parents sometimes? Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, Weston KieschnickWeston Kieschnick @wes_kieschnick and I have a conversation about digital parenting. In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Digital overuse and digital deserts and the need for balance. The challenges faced by parents in today’s digital age. Experiences and observations about digital overuse and misuse.

5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

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This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. Google Cardboard costs like, what — $12 – and every kid has a smartphone. This is not necessarily something you might teach in a classroom, but it’s certainly something that’s relevant to every student and every teacher in our schools, and that’s social media. She’s author of the book Social LEADia.

Why schools shouldn't ban smartphones

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Many teachers are left wondering whether personal technologies such as smartphones actually have a place in education and what risks and threats accompany them. As for smartphones, some claim there is no scientific evidence that technology has improved learning in schools, and I took part in a public debate almost a decade ago where this question was raised. They bring their smartphones into the classroom, and will use them whether schools ban them or not.

How to sharpen students’ critical thinking skills online

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With smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, students have 24/7 access to news, information, and opinions—not all of which are well-informed or well-intentioned. In truth, we are flooded with a constant stream of information online, from legitimate news and facts to websites and social media posts taking sides in intense political debates. 21st Century Skills Digital Citizenship Industry Insights critical thinking digital citizenship hate speech social media

What New Research on Teens and Social Media Means for Teachers

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As teachers, we all have assumptions -- and likely some opinions -– about teenagers and social media. This week, Common Sense is releasing its latest research report, Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences , a deep dive into the social media habits of American teenagers. This research is the second wave in an ongoing study tracking teens' attitudes about social media; we released our original report in 2012.

Are Phones and Social Media a Distraction in Museums and Galleries?

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We tend to think of museums and art galleries as places of quiet contemplation and reflection, but that's not always the case -- especially now that most visitors have smartphones in their pockets. " However, there's still a question of whether smartphones and social media enhance or distract from the museum experience. Recommended for: Grades: 6-12 Subjects: arts, digital citizenship, social studies, ELA.

End of Year Maintenance: 11 Ways to Update Your Online Presence

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If they aren’t updated, we are left wondering why our blog isn’t getting visitors, why our social media Tweeple don’t generate activity, and why you aren’t being contacted for networking. Check the appearance of your blog on a smartphone and iPad. If not, consider switching to a responsive theme that auto-adjusts for a variety of digital devices. Blogging Digital Citizenship Teacher resources new year pln

End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence

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This week, I’m sharing three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. If they aren’t taken care of, we are left wondering why our teacher blog or website isn’t accomplishing what it does for everyone else, why our social media Tweeple don’t answer us, and why our TPT materials languish. Blogging Digital Citizenship Teacher resources new year pln

How to Grow Global Digital Citizens

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With the rise of online games, web-based education, and smartphones that access everything from house lights to security systems, it’s not surprising to read these statistics: In 2013, 71 percent of the U.S. In fact, despite that the UN considers access to the Internet a human right, many adults and even more kids don’t know how to act as good digital citizens when visiting this sparkly and exciting world. These are the global demands of digital citizenship.

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What New Research on Teens and Social Media Means for Teachers

Graphite Blog

As teachers, we all have assumptions -- and likely some opinions -– about teenagers and social media. This week, Common Sense is releasing its latest research report, Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences , a deep dive into the social media habits of American teenagers. This research is the second wave in an ongoing study tracking teens' attitudes about social media; we released our original report in 2012.

What New Research on Teens and Social Media Means for Teachers

Graphite Blog

As teachers, we all have assumptions -- and likely some opinions -– about teenagers and social media. This week, Common Sense is releasing its latest research report, Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences , a deep dive into the social media habits of American teenagers. This research is the second wave in an ongoing study tracking teens' attitudes about social media; we released our original report in 2012.

Sextortion: Your Students Are at Risk, Teachers Can Help

The CoolCatTeacher

The time to talk is when they get their smartphone. Today’s Sponsor: Netsmartz Free Teaching Digital Citizenship Course. This free course is designed to help you teach the latest in internet safety and digital citizenship for your students. Why we should talk to kids about what to do after they sext on their smartphones. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above.

End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence

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This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. If they aren’t taken care of, we are left wondering why our teacher blog or website isn’t accomplishing what it does for everyone else, why our social media Tweeple don’t answer us, and why our TPT materials languish. Blogging Digital Citizenship Teacher resources new year pln

End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’m sharing three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. If they aren’t taken care of, we are left wondering why our teacher blog or website isn’t accomplishing what it does for everyone else, why our social media Tweeple don’t answer us, and why our TPT materials languish. Blogging Digital Citizenship Teacher resources new year pln

3 ways to be a better digital citizen, online and IRL

eSchool News

It has become such a part of what we do and who we are that it become to be defined as a sort of “digitalcitizenship. So what describes a digital citizen? In my book Digital Citizenship in Schools , I define a digital citizen as someone who shares ideas, makes purchases, plans activities, asks for answers, interacts both at work and in play and much more on digital devices (computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.).

How Much Time Should a Student Spend At School?

The CoolCatTeacher

In the age of electronic media, a school could be everywhere, or it could possibly be nowhere. And while I use cell phones to teach — Nearpod, Quizziz, Edpuzzle, and more are helpful to me – smartphones can be addictive as crack cocaine for some. Is it possible for kids to limit their social media time and spend it building face-to-face relationships? Can social media consume less time?

Digital Privacy is a Civil Right

Indiana Jen

There has been a lot of talk in the news about the weaponization of social media. What is often not discussed in these arguments is the interconnectedness of social media and digital, data privacy. While a great deal of attention has been paid to hacked and/or misused information (such as the Cambridge Analytica fiasco ), the issues with digital privacy are much deeper than the lack of accountability by Facebook or Twitter.

End of Year Tips: Update Your Online Presence

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This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. If they aren’t taken care of, we are left wondering why our teacher blog or website isn’t accomplishing what it does for everyone else, why our social media Tweeple don’t answer us, and why our TPT materials languish. Blogging Digital Citizenship Teacher resources new year pln

Digital Literacy–What is it?

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Digital literacy’ is one of those buzz words floated by experts as being granular to 21st century students. ‘Literacy’ is simple: the ability to read and write– so ‘digital literacy’ should be achieving those goals digitally. “the ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information” –Digital Strategy Glossary of Key Terms. Social media.

Connecting Parents to Student’s Digital Lives

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Mike Daugherty is helping connect the parents at his school to the digital lives of students. Connecting Parents to Student’s Digital Lives. So the goal of Help at Home was to help connect parents to their students’ digital lives. Mike: We’ve started a weekly email to about 400 parents so far, where we’re covering topics like digital citizenship, security, filtering, social media — everything that really relates to how students should use technology today.

What a Teacher Can Do About Cyberbullying

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You’ll enjoy her latest article on how to address cyberbullying with your students: Cyberbullying refers to a situation in which a teen, preteen or child is embarrassed, humiliated, harassed, threatened, tormented or otherwise targeted by another on interactive technology such as smartphones or social media. A lot of innocent teasing happens in interactive media. Delete them from your social media contacts.

How to Blend Learning with Play for a Kid-friendly Summer

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Here are two gamified options that can be tweaked to address any topic: Digital Breakouts — Players of all ages use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles that ultimately enable them to achieve a goal. Digital Breakouts are an update to the traditional and popular webquests that have students explore the web as they gather content in a particular field — history, math, literacy, or others. Teach Digital Citizenship with … Minecraft.

Tweens & The Cell Phone Conversation

Indiana Jen

I feel comfortable telling parents that a child should not have their own device if they are younger than double digits. It would be easiest if I could tell parents that X age is the right age for their child to get a smartphone. A smartphone is a big responsibility. Have a Conversation About the Responsibility of a Smartphone. But the reality is that, like driving a car, getting a smartphone is a big responsibility. Will parents be monitoring smartphone use?

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Now, as a high school student he chooses to be different than his peers when it come to social media. This is a digital citizenship issue. I think my peers would be as surprised as I was to learn the ugly truth: Americans with smartphones, and especially young Americans with smartphones, spend a gratuitous amount of time on their devices. Thanks to my cousin, I am honest with myself about my lack of self-control where social media is concerned.

How to teach your students to think before they post

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But today, with smartphones, cameras, and social media everywhere, anything they do can be instantly broadcast and recorded—the good, the bad, and the ugly. In our 24/7 digital world, kids come of age, learn, and make mistakes just like they always have, but the stakes are so much higher than in generations past. Related: Digital footprint? Try digital tattoo, experts say. is central to so many aspects of digital citizenship.