Internet Awareness and Safety (For Educators)

For Educators

Materials: (Slides in Quicktime Format)
Internet_Awareness.ppt (Slides in PowerPoint Format)
Internet_Awareness.pdf (A printable handout in PDF Format) (Original slides and handouts commissioned by LBUSD)


Worst Fears & Best Hopes

What are your worst fears about how your child will use the internet?
What are your best hopes about how your child will use the internet?
What can you do as an educator to help your students avoid your fears and live up to your hopes?


The Technologies
The Benefits
The Concerns
Proactive Strategies
Q & A

The Technologies

The Read-Only Web

Powerful resource for educators and students, but…
Information moves from publishers to consumers
Information cannot be edited
One-Way Web
(Web 1.0)

The Read/Write Web

It is now as easy to create as it is to consume.
Anyone can publish, share, and change information
Two-Way Web
(Web 2.0)
This is changing our world!


Web + Log = weblog or “we blog”
Easily created
Easily updated
If you can email, you can blog.
Blogs allow visitors to comment.
Search Blogs at Technorati or Google Blog Search

Educational Blogs

Teacher web sites -
Class web sites -
Learning journals -
Book Clubs -
Connect with Authors and Experts -
Pen Pals - (Global Awareness and Cultural Literacy Through Electronic Dialog)
Professional Development -
Reflective Practice -
More Educational Examples -
Create Your Own Educational Blog at


Podcasts are blogs with audio or video.
Podcasts are like Internet radio shows or TV shows.
Podcasts are consumed on demand.

Educational Podcasts

Lectures & lessons
Just-in-time learning
School News
Classroom News
Final Projects
Foreign Languages

Example Podcasts in Education

Room 208 Podcast -
Andersen Elementary Podcast -
Mabry Middle School Podcast -
Thurston Middle School Podcast (in Laguna Beach) -
Mr. Shen's Podcast (at Laguna Beach High School) -
Ed Tech Talk -
Podcast For Teachers -
See the education categories in iTunes and in the following services for more educational podcasts:
Educational Podcasting Network, Yahoo Podcasts, Podcast Alley or Podomatic
Create your own podcast using Audacity and Podomatic.


Websites anyone can edit!
If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki.
Visitors can see a history of changes and revert to earlier versions.


Online encyclopedia
Collaboratively authored and edited
Over 2.3 million articles in English
Over 10 million articles worldwide
Great resource, but..
Use with caution
Visit, explore, and add to Wikipedia

Educational Wikis

Collaboratively authored class texts
Writing projects
Group projects
Sharing resources
Grade level teams
Subject area teams
Professional development

Example Wikis in Education

The Wikipedia -
Dave Conlay's Aristotle Experiment -
Eva Wagner's Houghton-Mifflin Tech Resources Wiki -
Eva Wagner's Technology Integration Projects for Grades K-3 -
Dan McDowell's Wiki Resources -
More Workshop Wikis - and
More Examples (A wiki about wikis in education!) -

Wiki For This Workshop

Other Services - Annotate, save, and share bookmarks online! - Upload, tag, and share images online! - Upload, tag, and share videos online!
Think Free - An online office suite!
Google Docs and Spreadsheets - Another online office suite from Google - great for collaboration.

Social Networking

Members have profiles
May contain personal information
Used to connect with others
Often includes a blog, pictures, songs, videos, and messages.
Check it out at
Social networking for kids! -

Why MySpace?

New “Town Square”
Teens gather with friends online
Most are not there to meet strangers
Most ignore adults
Most go online to do good things
Healthy social outlet
Physically safe
Teens develop their identities
Coming-of-age experiences
Networking skills
Creative Skills
21st century skills

Educational Social Networking

Recruiting & Admissions
Professional Networks -
Educator Networks - &
Parent Networks -

IM, Chat, and Text

eMail is for adults
Instant Messages (IM)
Chat Rooms
Text Messages (Texting, Txt, or SMB)
Try IM -

Educational IM, Chat, & Text

Allows just-in-time and on-demand help
Flexible chat between classrooms
Keep in touch with students and alumni

Video Streaming

Stream video from anywhere.
Text chat for viewers
Archives “episodes”
Permeable classrooms

The Benefits (In Summary)

Engagement and Motivation

Digital Natives already enjoy these technologies
Interactive and responsive
Appeal to multiple learning styles


Students access, process, and create
Authentic Purpose
Authentic Audience
It’s about content and communication - not the technology


Students discover, explore, and contribute
Authentic problems


Students connect with peers and experts
Interpersonal skills
Tools of the 21st Century workplace
Results oriented


Students consume, consider, and compose
Writing is learning
So is creating and editing other media
Reflective Practice
And Feedback!

The Concerns

Information Literacy

Agenda or bias?
Fact Checking
Trusted Sources
Information Literacy Skills -

Inappropriate Content

Offensive, sexual, or violent content
Due Diligence
Increasingly difficult to filter
Appropriate responses to the inevitable

Inappropriate Sharing

Students may post:
  • Inappropriately
  • Unsafely
  • Irresponsibly
  • Provocatively
  • Illicit or illegal behavior
Students will post outside of school!
Think Before You Post (Video on YouTube)
Think Before You Post (Video on Teacher Tube)

Threats and Cyber-bullying

Students may post threats
Threats that impact attendance or academics are a school concern
Credible threats may be a criminal matter
Learn More -

Intellectual Property

Academic Honesty
Copyright Law
Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998
Alternative licenses -

Fraud and Identity Theft

Students may put their families and friends at risk
Students are at risk
Identity Theft
Learn More -

Stalkers and Predators

Most serious consequence of inappropriate sharing
Predators do hunt children through online social networks
Students can protect themselves
Learn More -

Other Concerns

Unsafe or self-harming online communities
Hate groups & gangs
Violent games & addition to games
Technical security

Another Perspective

Citizen Journalism
Citizen Police Work
Threats, suicides, and risky behavior are often reported
Sting operations catch criminals
“My space is safer for teens than predators.”

Free Speech Concerns

Students do have 1st Amendment Rights
Parody is protected
We cannot control students, we can educate them

Lack of Understanding

Fear of the Unknown
Some adults vilify technologies with many benefits
Deleting Online Predators’ Act 2006
Potential for rebellion and destruction of trust

Proactive Strategies

Legal Protections

Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA): Filtering, Monitoring, & Policies
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA): Policies, Parental Consent, Protection of Info
Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act: Stiff Penalties for Offenders, National Registry

Safety Tips for Students

Do not share identifying information.
Do not share personal information.
Do not share provocative images.
Beware of grooming. (See The Grooming Process from North Carolina's Attorney General)
Consider the consequences and the future.
Talk with parents, teachers, or other trusted adults.

Safety Tips for Parents

Move computers into shared spaces & make monitors visible
Watch for Alt+Tab (or Alt+F4)
Check history (is it suspiciously blank?)
Beware a reluctance to be candid

MySpace Unraveled

Your kids know more than the news
Ask your kids if they have been harassed
Ask if they use more than one social network site
Kids will react strongly to cancelled accounts
Read the MySpace Terms of Use and Safety Tips
Report Violations
Know the people in your children’s friends lists
View their friends’ profiles
Search for their school
Monitor and Filter if necessary
It’s Usually Not Stranger Danger
Deception is Not the Norm
Force is Seldom Used
Young Teens Are More Vulnerable
Learn More - (An online forum)

MySpace Safety

51 Tips For Teens and Parents
How-To Primers
Includes HTML and CSS script code to disable unwanted contact options.

Online Resources (Formerly (Don't miss the acronym dictionary!) (From parent resource site, to social networking for parents, to ?)

CTAP Region 4 Resources

Cyber Safety Website
Administrator Resources (NEW)
Acceptable Use Policies (NEW)
Don't miss the My Space Official School Administrators' Guide

What else can educators do?

Communicate with students
Communicate with other educators
Communicate with IT
Communicate with the police

Confront students who are behaving in irresponsible, inappropriate, or unsafe ways. Do not look the other way.

Q & A


Farnham, K, & Farnham, D. (2006). MySpace safety: 51 tips for teems and parents. Pomfret, CT: How-To Primers.
Harris, M. (2006). MySpace 4 parents. e-Document: Netporium, LLC.
Magid, L. & Collier, A. (2007). MySpace unraveled: a parent’s guide to teen social networking. Berkeley, CA: Peachpit Press.
McCarthy, L. (2007). Own your space: keep yourself and your stuff safe online. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison-Wesley.
Hewitt, H. (2005) Blog: understanding the information reformation that’s changing your world. Nashville, TN: Nelson Books.
Richardson, W. (2006). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Wagner, M. D. (2006). An Introduction to the read/write web in education. Gifted Education Communicator. Summer 2006, Vol 37, No. 2.
Warlick, D. F. (2005a). Classroom blogging: a teacher’s guide to the blogosphere. Raleigh, NC: The Landmark Project.
Warlick, D.F. (2005b). Raw materials for the mind: a teacher’s guide to digital literacy. Raleigh, NC: The Landmark Project.
Warlick, D. F. (2004). Redefining literacy for the 21st century. Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing.

Selected Online References:
Will Richardson’s Blog (Educator-Blogger)
David Warlick’s Blog (Landmark Project)
Danah Boyd’s Blog (UC Berkeley)
Henry Jenkins’s Blog (MIT)

See also: Additional resources at the Internet Awareness wiki.