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With the daily changes in technology, it can be difficult to teach students about Internet safety.  It is important that as you teach with more and more technology in the classroom, students know the correct way to use the resources to ensure their safety.  As more and more schools move toward 1 to 1 technology integration, it is crucial to help empower students to make safe, smart and ethical decisions online.

Common Sense Media - Encouraging Digital Citizenship in 1:1 Environment

Spotlight Resource!


NEW for the 2018-19 school year!  Common Sense Education is releasing NEW lesson plans for integrating Digital Citizenship skills in the classroom.  They are starting with grades 3-5 and will release new lessons throughout the year.  Use these great resources to support the incredible things happening in your classroom and to continue to prepare students to participate in their always-on, digital lives!
Additional K-12Digital Citizenship lessons will be released as follows:
  • January: Grades 6–8 lessons
  • Fall 2019: Grades K–2 and 9–12 lessons

Edutopia Media Literacy/Digital Citizenship tools

Media Literacy | Edutopia

Find and share resources to help students learn to analyze, evaluate, and communicate in a world with countless media sources and constant access to powerful computers.

Check out the resources, lessons, toolkits, and more from Edutopia!  Materials cover topics from media literacy and technology integration to critical thinking and digital citizenship skills.

Lesson Plans 

Additional Curriculum and Tools


Digital Citizenship/Safety Course for teachers


Common Sense Media YouTube
Digital Citizenship resources and activities


Common Sense Media - Lessons in Action

Priv. Today, Pub. Tomorrow

Copyrights and Wrongs

Talking Safely Online

 For these and other lesson videos, visit Common Sense Media Video Library.

DOJ "Protect Kids Online" Podcast Series

Educator Training

Student Data Privacy (what teachers should know)

Many school forms require personal and, sometimes, sensitive information… Your students' personal information is protected by law. Asking schools and other organizations to safeguard your students' information can help minimize their risk of identity theft. - Federal Trade Commission

Federal Privacy Laws:

  • US Department of Education:
    • FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act)
    • PPRA (Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment)
  • Federal Trade Commission:
    • COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act)
  • US Department of Health & Human Services:
    • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act)

3 Privacy Laws parents should be aware of:

  • FERPA – Parents have a right to receive a copy of their child’s education record and request correction of certain information.
  • PPRA – Parents have a right to review and opt their child out of surveys involving questions on sensitive subjects.
  • COPPA – Online service providers must obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting personal information from children under 13

Wisconsin Data Privacy Links for Parents

How Much Do You Know About Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Your School District?

For questions about this information, contact Chad Kliefoth (608) 267-9289, Janice Mertes (608) 267-1054