"Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship are important topics ... it is so integral to what our kids do while they are at school. Whether or not you have a 1:1 program, these are topics that shouldn’t be overlooked! Don’t assume that because your students are fairly savvy when it comes to learning technology, that they will automatically pick up on digital literacy...it is essential that parents learn about digital literacy so that they can echo and enforce good technology use at home"
As we start thinking about the new year, let's talk social media. Defriend that creepy guy you met a couple years ago on Facebook, and unfollow that distant cousin who posts blurry photos at the gym on Instagram.
iKeepSafe is dedicated to the education of families on how to stay safe online. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Google to develop curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible digital citizen.
The curriculum is designed to be interactive, discussion filled and allow students to learn through hands-on and scenario activities. Each workshop contains a resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF form, presentations to accompany the lesson and animated videos to help frame the conversation.
WiredSafety, is the largest online safety, education and help group in the world. We are a cyber-neighborhood watch and operate worldwide in cyberspace through our thousands of volunteers worldwide. (WiredSafety is run entirely by unpaid volunteers.)
Sequencing the first human genome cost a whopping $2.7 billion; today it costs only about $1,000. But now that genomic testing a lot more accessible, are we ready to deal with the legal and ethical questions surrounding genetic information?
Child identity theft is considered to be one of the fastest-growing crimes. Kids’ identities are stolen over 50 times more than those of adults! We’re often so focused protecting our kids from so many threats in the real world; we forget that in cyberspace bad guys are stealing children’s identities to open credit cards, apply for loans, rent homes and even receive health care. Bad guys make money by selling and reselling the same child’s identity over and over. And they get away with it because parents don’t think about monitoring their son or daughter’s identity.
Why is this important? Children could potentially lose out on future jobs, internships and loans that require a clean background check or credit report—all because they were victims of identity theft as kids. That’s a future I’m trying to help my daughters avoid. Growing up in the real world is difficult enough that I don’t want their digital lives to hold them back.