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
- January: Grades 6–8 lessons
- Fall 2019: Grades K–2 and 9–12 lessons
Edutopia Media Literacy/Digital Citizenship tools
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.
- NetSmartz Teacher Resources - Choose from a variety of topics and download videos, resource guides, presentations and activities to use in your own classroom
- Common Sense Media Lessons - This site provides a number of K-12 resources, curricula and plans to implement in your classroom to empower students to make safe, responsible decisions online
- Be Internet Awesome - Game and curriculum for teaching and learning about Internet Safety and Citizenship
- KidSmartz Teacher Tools - K-5 Teacher toolkit for classroom use
- Seesaw Ideas for Your Classroom - Digital Citizenship resources and activities to use in your classroom TODAY!
- Teaching Tolerance - Digital and Civic Literacy skills resources and lesson plans (tolerance.org)
- InCtrl - free, standards-based lesson materials that teach key Digital Citizenship topics and concepts (teachinctrl.org)
Additional Curriculum and Tools
Common Sense Media - Lessons in Action
DOJ "Protect Kids Online" Podcast Series
- Common Sense Educator Program - Become a certified Digital Citizenship educator through Common Sense Media
- NetSmartz Teacher Training - Online PD course for teaching Digital Citizenship
- Digital Teaching Webinars - A large collection of archived webinar videos to learn about teaching digitally as well as links to upcoming events you can participate in
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