What and Why
Bullying, pornography, ethical issues, legal issues all fall into what I'm calling "e-safety." While you may be comfortable cruising the internet, not all families are equally comfortable. Not all students practice safe technology use. Depending upon the grade and content you teach, you will have differing responsibilities for teaching e-safety issues. All teachers will need to teach and enforce copyright and fair use rules. PE teachers are increasingly being asked to teach about internet safety including bullying. Music teachers as well as cheering/dance team coaches need to know what the rules are governing the use of music in public performances. All teachers need to be aware of what movies they can show. Just because you have seen it done doesn't mean it's legal.

When is the right time to teach digital citizenship? Always. Check out this info graphic.


  1. Adhere to copyright and fair use rules in the development of all course materials. (cite all graphics you didn't create, only use music from royalty free sites such as FreePlayMusic.com, using hyperlinks tell where you obtained resources.
  2. Explore internet safety websites and issues surrounding internet safety.
  3. Create a wiki page identifying (5 minimum) age/grade appropriate websites and lessons related to internet safety, digital citizenship, and/or copyright/fair use. Tell when, why, and how you would use each.
  4. Read about and adhere to Social Media safety guidelines (article, The Educator's Guide to Social Media)

Due Dec 15, 3 pm

What can you borrow and reuse?
Free to Mix: An educator's guide to reusing digital content

Digital Citizenship Lessons
Cable in the Classroom has launched standards-based, digital citizenship lessons via InCtrl. The lessons, for students in grades 4-8, are designed to engage students through inquiry-based activities, and collaborative and creative opportunities.

Digital ID project -- lessons and activities

New Berlin and Waunakee are using Common Sense Media curriculum materials
We (New Berlin) mapped out 6 specific topics areas that are common for each grade level.
  • Appropriate Use Policy information
  • Copyright and Fair Use
  • Privacy and Security
  • Relationships and Communications/Digital bullying
  • Digital Footprint
  • Social Media/Networking

Why Schools Need to Teach Technology, Not Ban It! - (Teach Digital Citizenship)
  • The Lester B. Pearson School Board DCP (Digital Citizenship Program) provides teachers with teachable topics that are age appropriate. It provides easily organized subject and grade level resources as well as resources for parents.
  • Commonsense Media: An incredible resource for both educators and parents that has many resources that focus on digital citizenship
  • Digizen: Another great resource that provides interactive activities for students to learn more about digital citizenship.
  • The door that is not locked: A bilingual Canadian resource great for parents, educators and students.

Cyber Bullying and More
  • Professor Garfield Cyberbullying Free app - Through storytelling, Garfield uses his alter ego to understand cyber attacks. In addition to the story that unfolds, an interactive "Try" and "Apply" section are included to help users gain insight to the problem. Try your hand at recognizing cyber threats and Apply your knowledge to prevent becoming a victim of cyberbullying.
  • Destructive Issues Free app - This app is for any person who works with children and young adults. Destructive Issues deals with the top 20 issues facing youth today and offers current information and continually updated resources on subjects ranging from suicide and gangs to dropping out and sexting. Features include tell tale signs, prevention tips, intervention tips, Q&A, scenarios, and more.
  • Think Before You Link” is an online course for students from grades three through eight with a focus on cybersafety, online bullying and Internet ethics. It was produced by Discovery Education and Intel Security and is being offered free to schools around the country.

Beyond Google: Here are four search engines that respect your privacy -- Qwant, DuckDuckGo, Ixquick, Startpage

Copyright and Fair Use

  • A Fabulous Flow Chart on How Students Should Use Images from The Web
  • Article: Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This… Then…
  • Teach kids about copyright: a list of resources from Creative Commons
  • Creative Commons -- What is Creative Commons?
    Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.
  • More on Creative Commons -- A Copyright Friendly Toolkit
  • How to find an image with Creative Commons attribution -- try putting"creative commons attribution" in your search term when looking for a photo, the attribution then shows up where the photo is described.
    Example: 1) I typed in the following in the google search box -- ponies images creative commons attribution
    2) The text below the file name talks about attribution.3) To copy the actual photo click on the View Image button, that's the photo to copy, not the one you see in this thumbnail preview.
    4) To copy the actual web address, click the Visit Page button, use that address. If you see a horribly long address that has the word Google in it, you probably don't have the real address.
    5) Look on the website, it probably talks about Creative Commons Attribution, that tells you how it can be used.

Some sites to get you started for copy right. But, don't just copy this list of sites!

How the Internet Works Videos -- a series of 6 videos.

Information Literacy -- Videos by Polk Library
Just because a student can "google" doesn't mean they know how to effectively identify what to search for or evaluate what they have found. This skill is called Information Literacy. Polk Library has put together a variety of videos for you to explore this topic in more depth.

Information Cycle:http://www.uwosh.edu/library/anvil/modules/information-cycle(http://youtu.be/wNdHbLwXEcE)

Understanding your Assignment:http://www.uwosh.edu/library/anvil/modules/understanding-your-assignment(http://youtu.be/45UO3mx8b9k)

Searching for Information:http://www.uwosh.edu/library/anvil/modules/searching-for-informationPart I: http://youtu.be/BtdJxlPJy38Part II: http://youtu.be/Mb0swsTAuRYPart III: http://youtu.be/dW4e9aqSpP8

Locating Information:http://www.uwosh.edu/library/anvil/modules/locating-informationPart I: http://youtu.be/SKTUIUMoCYEPart II: http://youtu.be/FgnwZjZlQhI

Evaluating Information:http://www.uwosh.edu/library/anvil/modules/evaluating-information(http://youtu.be/6YVs7YpN9co)

Citing Sources/Using Information:http://www.uwosh.edu/library/anvil/modules/citing-sources-and-using-informationPart I: http://youtu.be/HeB6pyjRP3EPart II: http://youtu.be/Brp5GKInpSw

Not from Polk Library -- More on Searching: One of the biggest neglected skills taught is how to search the Web effectively since “everyone knows how to use Google” (or insert another favorite search engine here). You can help your students (and teachers) by pointing them to resources like Google’s guide to search engine operators or their Advanced Search page. How to Geek provides similar tips for using Bing. Once you’ve mastered the basics, start learning about the “Deep Web” resources available, such as Open Source Internet Resources, the WWW Virtual Library catalog of Web resources, or Google’s DeeperWeb search engine. Your school community will soon learn they can yield far better search results if they do more than “just Google it."

Website Evaluation ... This could also fall under Information Literacy

Help your students understand what is a good website.

Seven Steps to Website Evaluation for Students

A if for AuthorB is for BiasC is for CurrencyD is for Domain AnatomyE is for Effectiveness For PurposeF is for Facts and Content - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=6345#sthash.sKh9K4dM.dpuf

Copyright Laws for YouTube
By David Carnes, eHow Contributor

Original works of authorship are protected by copyright law. Nevertheless, copyright laws are often violated on the Internet, because the number of copyright violations are often too great to be effectively enforced. If you upload copyrighted material, other than your own, to the YouTube website, you are violating copyright law and can be sanctioned by both YouTube and the federal authorities.

1 . What Copyright Law Protects
Copyright law protects original works of authorship that have been recorded in a tangible medium, including works that have been recorded on video. Such works need not be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office to qualify for protection --- a work is considered copyrighted as soon as it is recorded. Images, sounds and words are all protected by copyright law. Copyright infringers are liable for civil and criminal penalties for copyright violations.
2 . Fair Use
"Fair use" is an exception to copyright law. This exception allows anyone to use a small portion of a copyrighted work for a socially beneficial purpose, such as education , criticism or commentary. The fair use exception never applies to the public display of all or most of a copyrighted work. For example, if you upload a video of an entire copyrighted song to YouTube, your act does not fall within the fair use exception. The legal line between fair use and copyright infringement is blurry and depends on several factors, such as the portion of the copyrighted work used in relation to the total length of the work.
3 . The First Sale Exception
The "first sale" exception to copyright law allows anyone to sell a secondhand copy of a copyrighted work without paying royalties to the author. For example, when you buy a book, author royalties are included in the sale price, and you may sell or give away the book to someone else without paying royalties. When you upload a video, however, you are making a copy of it rather than selling the originally purchased video. Since the original video is preserved, uploading a video does not fall within the first sale exception.
4 . YouTube Copyright Policy
YouTube will not prevent you from uploading a copyrighted video. It will respond, however, to a complaint from the copyright holder. If a complaint is filed, YouTube will send you a copy of the complaint and allow you to respond. If the complaint is substantiated, your video will be removed. YouTube reserves the right to close the accounts of repeat infringers.