In this podcast, Dr. Karen Fiorillo gives advice on instructing middle and high school students on digital safety best practices by diving into digital security topics, scenarios to address said topics in the classroom, and why these conversations continue to be relevant and vital to discuss. Check below for time staps for important topic sections and stay tuned for a discount code!
- Warn students and parents of the importance of their Web Presence
- Communicate the importance of online safety with students, parents, guidance counselors, and colleagues
- Monitor: Do not block out student’s digital world, monitor it! You are not spying!
- Take every incident seriously, If a child steps up to initiate a conversation
- Follow up with the students to make sure the personal incident is not exacerbating
- Common Sense Media: Have access to safe and fun resources for students
- Encourage students to stand UP and teach them not to stand BY
Scenario #1: Have your students watch and respond to a video or article using the class blog. Encourage students to comment on each others’ posts to build community. Use the class blog for students to post messages to the teacher privately if the content is uncomfortable to post publicly
Scenario#2: Allow “screenagers” to take ownership of the content by creating a controversial topic meme, and upload it as their avatar or use as their header in Kidblog. Use a free image editing program such as Pixler for this project.
Scenario #4: Host an assembly such as A Portrait in Apathy using students as actors
Scenario #5: Post online safety resources to Kidblog.org for students to read, comment on, and discuss with their parents.
Scenario #6: Post valid and questionable websites in a blog post for students to explore. Students will compose a post on why they think the sites are real or fake.
Karen discusses some actual responses from a 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th-grade students.
Karen discusses some results of discussing controversial topics with her students and some final ideas on creating a safe environment for her class.
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