[NHDOE-ETNews] Free Digital Citizenship and Safety Resources

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Thu Dec 17 13:01:18 EST 2015

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ITEM:  Free Digital Citizenship and Safety Resources

NetSmartz Workshop<http://www.NetSmartz.org> is an educational program that teaches children ages 5-17 about online safety and digital citizenship. NetSmartz offers free, age-appropriate resources including videos, games, e-books, webcomics, presentations, classroom lessons, and tip sheets to help children learn how to protect themselves and their friends online. Parents, educators, and law enforcement use these materials to engage children in discussions about online issues ranging from online privacy to cyberbullying.

NetSmartz educational resources are specifically designed not to function as a traditional curriculum, but rather as adaptable tools which recognize the demanding curricula in today's schools. Feedback from educators using NetSmartz in the classroom confirm that many prefer this flexibility. Furthermore, our program resources adhere to nationally-mandated educational standards and utilize a variety of activities such as writing, role-playing, and drawing which appeal to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles all at once.

NetSmartz is a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children<http://www.missingkids.org> (NCMEC). NCMEC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and one of the leading organizations addressing the issue of online child exploitation nationwide. It operates the CyberTipline<http://www.cybertipline.org/>, a mechanism to report incidents like online sexual solicitation and child pornography. NCMEC's experience with the CyberTipline keeps its prevention programs like NetSmartz on the cutting edge of child safety. It is uniquely positioned to provide insight and resources to help educators and others empower children to make smarter and safer decisions online.

Teaching Digital Citizenship is a self-paced, online professional development training<http://www.netsmartz.org/Training> from NetSmartz that gives you everything you need to inspire tomorrow's digital citizens.

In this 1-hour training, teachers will learn about the risks children face online; key lessons educators should be teaching; and NetSmartz resources they can use for each age group, including videos, webcomics, e-books, and games.

*         This program covers the topics of:

o   Cyberbullying

o   Digital literacy & ethics

o   Inappropriate content

o   Online privacy

o   Online sexual solicitation

o   Sexting

*         The program is self-paced so educators can complete the lessons in any order and save their progress if they need to step away.

*         Educators will complete a quiz after each section to reinforce what they've learned.

*         After completing the program, teachers will receive a certificate they can use to apply for continuing education credits.

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