Digital Citizenship & Online Safety

Bullying and Cyberbullying

The Anti-Bullying Guidebook
How to Recognize, Prevent, and Stop Bullying in School, at Work, and Online.
Cyberbullying Research Center
A central repository and information clearinghouse for the phenomenon of cyberbullying.
Dealing With Bullying
Information on bullying and tips for dealing with it.
Don’t be a bystander: Five steps to fight cyberbullying
Cyberbullies thrive in contexts of real or imagined power imbalance. To end cyberbullying, we need to ensure power balance. This will happen when bystanders are actively involved.
EduMed: Cyberbullying & Harassment Online: Awareness & Prevention
Learn to understand the basics, gain expert insight on handling yourself in cyber harassment situations, and take away tips for staying safe online.
HelpGuide: Deal with a Bully and Overcome Bullying
Being bullied can leave you feeling helpless, humiliated, depressed, or even suicidal. But there are ways to protect yourself or your child—at school and elsewhere—and deal with a bully.
MedLinePlus: Bullying and Cyberbullying
Facts about bullying, its effects and signs, how to help, and further places to go from MedlinePlus.
NetSmartz: Cyberbullying
Part of a site dealing with all aspects of online safety, including cyberbullying, identity theft, and privacy issues.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
PACER provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students.
Rosen CyberSmarts: Teens Stopping Cyberbullying
An interactive ebook for young people. (SCC students, check wtih librarian for password.)
STOMP Out Bullying
STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse… provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
TED Talks: Ideas About Bullying (video)
A collection of videos and articlces about bullying.
Teens Against Bullying
Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause.
Teens Talk: What Works to Stop Cyberbullying
In our most recent survey of approximately 5,700 middle and high school students from around the United States, we once again asked them to give us their take, in their own words, on what works.
What is Cyberbullying
Set of pages from specifically about cyberbullying and cyberbullying prevention.

Digital Citizenship

Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information
Ten short (aprox. 15 minute) episodes about navigating the internet to find and evaluate the information you find there.
Digital Citizenship: Using Technology Appropriately
Links to sites and articles on the topic of digital citizenship for parents and teachers. Includes a nice Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship summary.
Digital Compass
An animated choose-your-own adventure interactive, gaming platform, developed with middle schoolers in mind. Students step into the shoes of one of eight characters to experience the twists and turns of daily digital life.
Are your emojis saying what you mean to say? Is there an emoji for something you want to convey? Check this source to find out.
MediaSmarts: Digital & Media Literacy
This section explores many aspects of digital and media literacy: from the basics, to how youth engage with different media, to issues they may encounter, the essays and educational games featured here help you become ‘media smart’.
Microsoft: Discover Digital Literacy
From the basics about what computers are to browsing the web and evaluating content to online etiquette and safety to creating and sharing documents and using online tools, thie free course breaks everything to easy to digest chunks while you learn at your own pace.
Informative blog with news about online issues for parents and others.
Net Manners
All about etiquette in email (and other digial communications).
Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment
Test your knowledge and skill with computers and standard programs with this set of free online self-tests.
Rosen Digital Literacy
Database articles explore cyberbullying, digital etiquette, career information and preparedness, various digital platforms, and technology’s biggest movers and shakers. (SCC students, check with teacher for password.)
VeryWell: 10 Basic Netiquette Rules
The rules of etiquette are just as important in cyberspace as they are in the real world—and the evidence of poor netiquette can stick around to haunt you for much longer. Follow these basic rules of netiquette to avoid damaging your online and offline relationships.
WikiHow: How to Be a Responsible Digital Citizen
Understanding and operating according to the concept of responsible digital citizenship helps you respect, educate, and protect yourself in others online.

Identity Theft

FTC – Identify Theft
A one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft from the Federal Trade Commission.
Fighting Identity Theft: A Guide
Links to resources on various aspects of preventing, identifying, and dealing with identity theft.
Identity Theft and Fraud
Information from the Department of Justice, including what to do if you become a victim.
Identity Theft: It’s Bigger Than You Think
An informative Infographic from Angela Myers.
Identity Theft Resource Center
ITRC is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and implementing a comprehensive program against identity theft — by supporting victims, broadening public awareness, disseminating information about this crime and decreasing the potential victim population.
Identify Theft Warning Signs
Identity theft is like cancer. If you catch it early enough then you can mitigate most of the damage, but if you ignore the warning signs until it’s too late then your life just might be ruined. … Keep your eyes open for these warning signs to best protect your money.
Provides practical tips … to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: Identity Theft & Data Breaches
Fact sheets, alerts, speeches, articles, and links with information pertaining to identity theft.
Safeguard Your Social Security Number
Do you have to provide your SSN because it’s requested, and if not, how do you know which situations are optional? … Someone illegally using your number can access personal information and apply for and use credit in your name, creating a financial mess that you’re left to sort out.

Online Safety

Be Internet Awesome
Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.
Connect Safely is for … everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web and mobile technology. Here you’ll find tips, safety advice, articles, news, analysis, video and other resources to promote safe and productive use of connected technology.
FTC: Online Privacy and Security
From the Federal Trade Commission, this site is about [u]nderstanding online privacy, how to protect your devices from hackers and threats, and how to avoid common online scams.
If You Care About Your Privacy, You Need to Change These Browser Settings Right Now
You can take back control of your privacy by tweaking a few settings in Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge or Brave. (Feb. 2022)
Important Chrome Privacy Tips for Teachers and Students
The purpose of today’s post is to introduce you to some useful Chrome features that can help ‘enhance’ your privacy while browsing the web. While older, these tips are still good to know. (Oct. 2018)
The jargon-free guide to computer and internet security
A well-organized and informative article where the authorsbreak out the most important aspects of internet safety into bite-sized chunks and offer some practical advice on each. (June 2022)
Although aimed primarily at parents and educators, this site has information for anyone interested in issues of media and society. Includes a “Media Issues” section with discussion of issues including violence, stereotying, online hate, and information privacy.
Microsoft – Online Safety
Articles and information about online safety and reputation, and how to protect yourself online.
Microsoft Security Help & Learning
Information on hardware and software security, password security, identify theft, and more.
My Data and Privacy Online: a Toolkit for Young People
We all use the internet a lot in our everyday life. We reveal a lot about ourselves online. And much of our data is being recorded and stored online by others (family, school, companies)….This toolkit will help you answer some of your privacy questions. It has been developed in discussion with young people around the country.
The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource … for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.
Oversharing: “Think Before You Post” video
An animated music video about being safe on social media.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
This organization has among its goals to raise consumers’ awareness of how technology affects personal privacy. They have guides on a variety of privacy-related topics including online privacy, identity theft, and other issues.
National Cybersecurity Alliance
This site offers information for consumers, parents and children, educators, and others about online safety. Includes a self-assessment quiz.
STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is the global online safety awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online. Includes materials in varying language on the basics of online safety.
Why College Students have a Greater Risk of Identity Theft: Lessons and Tips
College campuses and towns are fertile ground for identity thieves. Read this article to find out ways of reducing the risk. (March 2019)
WiFi Safety
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