Let’s begin by hearing from Karen Cator, Director of the USDOE Office of Educational Technology, as she talks about the importance of educating young people about online safety.
There are plenty of smart people who have shared their thoughts on the topic of online safety and digital citizenship. I don’t need to wax poetic – let me point you to these fine examples:
- Footprints in A Digital Age, by Will Richardson
- A Digital Footprint Growth Model, by Karl Fisch
- Student Display Names: I Was Wrong, by Karl Fisch
If you aren’t Googling yourself and keeping up with your own digital footprint you SHOULD be doing it! A great way to do this is to use Google Alerts.
And staying abreast of the federal legislation that governs our responsibilities as educators when it comes to online safety is important too. This document, Online Safety – A Federal Mandate resource guide, will help you keep up with four important laws.
Watch Common Sense Media’s short video on E-rate and CIPA.
Speaking of Common Sense Media. If you haven’t joined and made use of their resources, what are you waiting for???
A couple of other things that may be useful:
Something new that is coming on this front is a trend nationally to move away from Appropriate Use Policies and Procedures that have lots of specific “thou shalt nots” in them and to move towards the idea of Responsible Use Policies.
Here are a couple of examples:
- Katy ISD, TX Responsible Use Policy
- Canyon School District Responsible Use Policy
- Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division Responsible Use Agreement
The most important thing is to keep talking about this issue and make plans for how you will address this in your school.