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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.

Social Media Do's and Don'ts for Teachers - Common Sense Education Infographic

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


Spotlight Resource!

voting news

Navigating the world during COVID-19 has proven to be challenging.  Adding a political election in the mix makes it downright impossible.  With so much news and social media coverage, how are kids (and parents) to know what is unbiased, current, and credible news?  Common Sense Media has created a guide that cuts through the fluff and gets you the information you need!  Leverage this resource for use at home and in the classroom to get information about candidates, voting, and the election.

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

Instructional Student Data Privacy Laws (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:
  • 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 teachers should be aware of (in simple terms from

  • FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.
  • PPRA is intended to protect the rights of parents and students in two ways:
    • It seeks to ensure that schools and contractors make instructional materials available for inspection by parents if those materials will be used in connection with an ED-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation in which their children participate; and
    • It seeks to ensure that schools and contractors obtain written parental consent before minor students are required to participate in any ED-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals certain information.
  • COPPA is set to place parents in control over what information is collected from their young children online. COPPA was designed to protect children under age 13 while accounting for the dynamic nature of the Internet. The Rule applies to operators of commercial websites and online services (including mobile apps) directed to children under 13 that collect, use, or disclose personal information from children, and operators of general audience websites or online services with actual knowledge that they are collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13. The Rule also applies to websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information directly from users of another website or online service directed to children.

Wisconsin Data Privacy Links for Parents and Educators

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