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Helpful Websites

http://cyberbullying.org/ (Cyberbullying Research Center)
This site provides resources for multiple audiences (parents, teachers, victims, etc.) on topics of including: safety, prevention, response for victims.  Of particular note, the site provides a listing of common acronyms used in the digital world. Use this site to help your students learn about laws related to bullying and cyberbullying.  Use this Cyberbullying Research Site to help your students better understand the nature and extent of cyberbullying behaviors. Included: A Fact Sheet which provides a summary of important court cases and pending legislation that can help school districts evaluate and improve their current cyberbullying policies. 

http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents   (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
This easy to navigate and engaging website provides resources to multiple audiences (parents, teachers, law enforcement, kids, tweens, etc.) using videos and presentations on topics including: cell phones, files sharing, Internet safety, social networking, etc.)  Of particular note, each topic includes tips and discussion starters some of which are available in Spanish.  NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

 *Educate children on how to recognize potential Internet risks

            * Engage children and adults in a two-way conversation about on- and offline risks

             *Empower children to help prevent themselves from being exploited and to report  

               victimization to a trusted adult

http://www.internetsafety.com/
(Internetsafety.com)
Although this site is sponsored by a large vendor, it provides several resources for parents on Internet safety.  Of particular note, the site offers “The Game Plan” a contract on social media use between children and their parents.  This generation of parents is the first to face the challenge of helping our children make the most of their virtual space while keeping them safe in it. If you’re still getting your footing in virtual parenting, don’t worry. InternetSafety.com has the following tips to help ensure that your child’s online experience remains positive.

https://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide
(Federal Bureau of Investigations)
This particular subpage of the larger FBI website provide “A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety” which is a detailed understanding of the dangers of using the Internet.  While on-line computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for children, expanding their horizons and exposing them to different cultures and ways of life, they can be exposed to dangers as they hit the road exploring the information highway.  This guide was prepared from actual investigations involving child victims, as well as investigations where law enforcement officers posed as children. Further information on protecting your child on-line may be found in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Child Safety on the Information Highway and Teen Safety on the Information Highway pamphlets.

http://www.cyberwise.org/ (Cyberwise)
This site is dedicated to providing state of the art resources for busy grownups who want to understand how to help youth use digital media confidently and safely.  Of particular note, this site provides free videos, e-books, curated news, and research on digital media.  Cyberwise, no grownup is left behind!  We help parents and educators understand digital citizenship, online safety and privacy, reputation management, and more so they can help kids embrace technology safely and wisely.  “Cyberwise was just what I was looking for!  As a parent of two young children who are on the brink of discovering the world of social media, I needed to educate myself!  The Cyberwise website is easy to navigate, well organized, and full of great research and information for parents who want to educate and protect their children online.  Cyberwise helped me to feel confident navigating the otherwise scary world of kids and social media.”

http://www.autocommunities.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/SocialNetworking.pdf 
(Department of Labor)
This site provides resources for job seekers on the use of social networking to find a job.
Additionally, there is a section on cyber resources for the general user.  CyberSmart! is a free curriculum and part of Common Sense Media’s education programs. Common Sense will be updating the CyberSmart! Lesson plans and adding video, interactive components, and a rich complement of parent resources to create an integrated K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators
(Common Sense Education)
This site provides teachers, administrators, parents, and students with a very comprehensive offering of resources for all audiences.  Many of the resources are available in Spanish.  Find research-based tools to teach students how to embrace the power of technology in school and in life.

http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/cruel-schools.cfm (Discovery Education)
This site provides educators with lesson plans on teaching about preventing bullying (violence).  Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts large and small, rural and suburban and everything in between.  Discovery Education offers a portfolio of opportunities for districts to meet students where they want to learn in the digital age.
Discovery is leading the way in transforming classrooms and inspiring learning. 

http://www.connectsafely.org/  (Connect Safely: Smart Socializing Starts Here)
This site provides both parents and educators with safety tips and advice regarding social media applications as well as presentations and slideshows about online safety.  Founded in 2005, ConnectSafey.org is a leading online safety organization, dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security.Whether it’s social media, mobile technology or the “Internet of Things,” connected technologies bring us enormous advantages, along with some challenges. ConnectSafely’s job is to help users get the most from their technology while managing the risks and help decision makers craft sensible policies that encourage both innovation and responsible use. ConnectSafely has been a leading voice for rational, research-informed policies — not “moral panics” — when it comes to dealing with challenges brought about by emerging technologies.

https://kids.usa.gov/   (Kids.gov: A Safe Place to Learn and Play)
This site contains games, videos, and information for all subjects including online safety and  cyberbullying for students, parents, and educators.  Students of all ages can play games interactively to help educate them in regards to these issues.  Brought to you by 
USA.gov, Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.

http://www.beakidshero.com/posts/teens-and-social-media-dos-donts/
  (Be a Kids Hero)
This site supplies safety tips and dos and don’ts to parents and teens who are online.  BeAKidsHero™ strives to “improve the world one child at a time” by empowering parents, teachers and other caring adults with information, education and tools necessary to help keep the children in their lives safe from abuse. 

http://mashable.com/2012/09/04/students-social-media-warnings/#7ZIQOEdICkqu  (Mashable)
The last thing young people want is another set of rules. But these days, social media comes with great responsibility, whether you're just starting high school or finishing up college.  The fact is, irresponsible social media conduct could potentially ruin your education and negatively impact your career, not to mention hurt others in the process. (And we're not just talking kids, either.) But most of those consequences are preventable, often with just a little foresight. We've pinpointed 12 social media mistakes that students should avoid at all costs, because after all, it's never as simple as "be responsible."

http://www.thewindwardschool.org/file/guidance/kids-and-social-media.pdf  (Kids and Social Media Dos and Don’ts…Social media sites are a standard part of life these days. Even your grandma is probably on Facebook. But, determining the right time for your youngster to enter this realm that will grant them independence and opportunities you can't so easily manage is challenging. The time will likely come, however, that your child is ready to brave the social media waters. These dos and don'ts will help you and your family navigate them.

http://www.stopcyberbullying.org
Don't Stand by-Stand Up. A wealth of information about cyberbullying and how it can be prevented.  StopCyberbullying was the first cyberbullying prevention program in North America. Its specially-trained young volunteers design and deliver community programs to help their peers address cyberbullying. StopCyberbullying's founder, Parry Aftab, calls them her "cyberarmy" empowered to tackle this important issue. These teens and tweens staff their own text messaging support line for other young people, build apps to promote kindness, and provide student peer support in their schools.

 http://www.eyesonbullying.org

 Preventing bullying in children's lives! What can you do.  Successful bullying prevention includes education, preparation, and teamwork. The Eyes on Bullying Toolkit provides specific insights, strategies, activities, and resources to address bullying. It is designed especially for caregivers and parents of preschool and school-age children and youth to use in child care programs, after school and youth programs, and camps. 

  I-Safe Internet Safety Website

Simply put, the i-LEARN Online program and the i-Mentor Network bring the education to you. On your computer are a set of online videos on Internet safe The i-LEARN Online program and the i-Mentor Network will change the way you learn forever. i-SAFE knows you are busy and need a system of learning where you can stop, pause, and rewind at your convenience. i-LEARN Online and the i-Mentor Network are created as an "On Demand" system for you to learn safe and responsible use of the Internet at your own pace.  They consist of the subjects everyone needs to know to be safe and responsible on the internet 

Netiquette Guidelines
Netiquette refers to the rules of etiquette that apply to online communication. 

The Dangers of Sexting (People Magazine Article)

When Teens Send Each Other Racy Photos on Their Cell Phones, Prosecutors Respond with Threats of Child Porn Charges. About the Author - Nancy E. Willard, Director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, has degrees in special education and law.  She taught at-risk children, practiced computer law, and was an educational technology consultant before focusing her professional attention on issues of youth behavior when using information communication technologies. 

Schools and Online Social Networking

Nancy Willard Puts Social Networking Risks in Context
http://www.educationworld.com/a_issues/issues/issues423.shtml 

Most educators working with middle and high school students are aware of the explosive involvement of youth on social networking sites. Few are prepared to deal with it. Internet safety expert Nancy Willard discusses the risks and benefits of such sites and offers schools a comprehensive approach to addressing student Internet access. Included: Advice for parents and teachers; online guidelines for students.


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