Digital Citizenship & Online Safety

Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Media
Tips, articles, and research materials on Digital Citizenship and related topics for parents and teachers. They also offer a set of free iBook textbooks on digital literacy themes via the iTunes store.
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
Do you want to get the best out of using the internet and keep yourself and others safe and healthy in an online world? Use these materials to learn what it takes to become a positive digital citizen.
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 Citizenship Resources (Livebinder)
Resources for students and teachers, organized by grade.
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.
Digital Training for Students
From creating documents through research and project management, these free video lessons use Google tools to teach vital online skills.
The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.
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.
Ethics in Computing
Links about various computer use and ethics issues, from free speech to intellectual property to commerce to privacy, among others.
Five Minute Film Festival: Digital Citizenship
A set of short films intended for teachers to use to start class discussions, but of use to all.
Microsoft: 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 etiquetter 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. (See librarian for password.)

History of Computing

A Brief History of Computers
The difference between an ancient abacus and a modern computer seems vast, but the principle—making repeated calculations more quickly than the human brain—is exactly the same.
The Cathedral and the Bazaar
Eric Raymond’s famous essay on the open-source software movement. Other works by the prominent programmer and open source advocate may be found under Eric’s Random Writings.
A Chronological History of Social Media
The history of social media stretches back much further than you’d think, let’s take a quick tour of its rise and rise. (October 2018)
The Computer Chronicles
Archives of a half-hour long PBS series shown between 1983 and 2002.
Computer Desktop Encyclopedia
Online dictionary of over 25,000 computer and related terms.
Computer History
From the Computer Hope tech support site, a history of the modern computer and the poeple involved in its creation.
Computer History Museum
A museum devoted to the history and artifacts of the information age.
Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future
2008 collection of articles on computer-related topics from author Cory Doctorow. There are also some short articles available on the same website.
The Hacker Crackdown
Bruce Sterling’s account of law enforcement’s crackdown on hackers in the early 90’s and the birth of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
History Channel: Computers
Links to articles about computer history, including the Invention of the Internet.
History of Social Media (infographic)
Social media dates back as far as the early 1840s: here’s an infographic from Redpill which outlines the timeline of social media from 1844 to 2018.
How the Web Was Won
A 2008 oral history project from Vanity Fair. Includes transcripts and links to videos.
Lawrence Lessig: Free Books
Professor and activist Lawrence Lessig offers his books Free Culture and Code 2.0 for free download.
The Psychology of Cyberspace
Online book which explores the psychological aspects of environments created by computers and online networks.
Timeline of Computer History
A timeline from the 1930s through 2015.

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 Privacy & Safety

Be Internet Awesome
To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
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.
FBI: Safe Online Surfing Quiz
Teachers can sign up to organize activities for their classes; students in grades 3-8 can jump in on their own with the free online safety games/quizzes.
Get Net Wise
Offers links to recent articles on online safety.
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.
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 Security
Information on hardware and software security, password security, identify theft, and more.
My Privacy: 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.
NS Teens
From the Net Smartz folks, a great site just for teens with videos, games, quizzes, and online comics about digital citizenship, online safety, bullying, and more.
OnGuard Online
OnGuard Online provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer and protect your personal information.
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.
Public Wi-Fi Safety
Rosen Learning Center
Click on “Teen CyberSmarts” for interactive ebooks on digital citizenship and cybersafety. (SCC students: check with librarian for password.)
Stay Safe Online
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 languagage on the basics of online safety.
Which Apps Are Safe for Kids? Three Tools That Read the Fine Print for You
Discusses Common Sense Education: Privacy Evaluations, AppCensus, and Exodus and their use in determining the privacy / safety level of apps for mobile devices.
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.
Yahoo! Safety Center
News, reviews, and information on computer security, including email, passwords, privacy, online safety, and viruses and spyware, among other topics.

Social Media Safety, Online reputation

6 Ways Social Media Affects Our Mental Health
Here’s a quick run-down of the studies that have shown that social media isn’t very good for mental well-being, and in some ways, it can be pretty damaging.
Connect Safely
This site has all kinds of social-media safety tips for teens and parents, the latest youth-tech news, and many other resources.
Rosen CyberSmarts: Teens Using Social Networks
An interactive ebook about social networks, staying safe, avoiding bullies, and protecting your online reputation. (SCC students: ask librarian for password.)
Students – Social Media
From the New York City Dept. of Education, social media guidelines for younger and older students, plus links to information on digital literacy and further topics.
A Teen’s Guide to Social Media Safety
This page offers some guidelines to protect you from being ripped off, bullied, disrespected, scammed, or worse while you’re just trying to have a good time online.
Online Reputation

Social Media: RSS (Feeds and Feed Readers)

Feed (RSS) Readers

RSS Readers, also called RSS Readers or Feed Aggregators, are a way of seeing updates in all your favorite blogs and news sites in one place instead of having to check them one by one. The feed reader checks each site for you automatically and fetches back anything new for your perusal.

While most modern browsers (except Chrome) have at least a basic feed reader built in, there is also purpose-built software which can do the job for you, Many readers will not only show you updates from the sites you follow, but can save, organize, and annotate articles as well.

RSS Reader Reviews
Chrome RSS Readers
FeedlyInoreaderRSS Feed ReaderSlick RSS

Information for Bloggers

The Edublogger
Blog with hints and tips for teachers using blogs and other web 2.0 tools.
EFF: Legal Guide for Bloggers
Guide from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
RSS in Plain English
A short explanation of RSS and how it helps you save time reading the web in a short (4 minute) video.

Some Blogs and Feeds to Check Out

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Astronomy Picture of the DayAPOD RSS feedAPOD on TwitterAPOD Facebook pageAPOD iPhone app
Britannica (Encyclopaedia)
Britannica.comBritannica on TwitterBritannica Facebook pageBritannica YouTube page
The Daily Kitten
The Daily KittenDaily Kitten RSS feed
Earth Science Picture of the Day
Earth Science Picture of the DayEPOD RSS feedEPOD on TwitterEPOD Facebook page
Free Technology for Teachers
Free Technology for Teachers blogFree Tech 4 Teachers RSS feedFree Tech 4 Teachers on TwitterFree Tech 4 Teachers on FacebookFree Technology for Teachers on Pinterest
Irish and Celtic Music Podcast
Irish and Celtic Music PodcastIrish and Celtic Music RSS feedIrish and Celtic Music on FacebookIrish and Celtic Music on iTunes
Merriam-Webster Word of the Day
Merriam-Webster Word of the Day blogM-W WotD RSS feedM-W WotD on TwitterM-W WotD on FacebookMW Word of the Day on YouTube
New York Times
New York TimesNY Times RSS feedNY Times Twitter feedNY Times on FacebookNY Times podcastsmore NY Times RSS feeds
Seton Catholic Central
Seton Catholic Central websiteSCC Twitter feedSCC Facebook pageCSBC on TwitterCSBC on Facebook
Smithsonian MuseusmsSmithsonian MagazineSmithsonian RSS feedsSmithsonian on TwitterSmithsonian on FacebookSmithsonian on Pinterest
TED Talks
TED TalksTED BlogTED Talks on TwitterTED Talks FacebookTED Radio HourTED Talks Daily on iTunesTED Talks on YouTube

Podcasts and Podcasting

Find Podcasts

Podcasting Software

ipadio free; online, iPhone, Android
ipadio allows you to broadcast from any phone to the Internet live. Phone blog, collect audio data, record and update the world, or simply let your mates know what you’re doing.
Juice Receiver free; multiplatform
Want to listen to internet audio programs but can’t when they are scheduled? This program lets you create your own custom online audio anytime, anywhere.
Podcast Pizazz
Links to the notes and files for a workshop on podcasting by Michael McGuhlin. Very thorough.
Podcasting Legal Guide
Information on copyright for podcasters, including sources of ‘podsafe’ music and options for licensing your own ‘casts.
Synth free; online, iOs
256 second audio or video soundbytes that you can share anywhere, discover easily, interact with and listen to back-to-back.
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