Online Safety

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Classroom Technology 3 Tips for Teaching Online Responsibility to Young Kids
Children as young as 4 or 5 can begin building lifelong habits when it comes to limiting screen time and being safe online.
Alyson Klein, September 9, 2022
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Kindergartner Dallas Webb tests herself in a reading lab on software designed to even out gaps in knowledge. Her school, Jere Whitson Elementary, in Cookeville, Tenn., is part of a district experimenting with new ways of using federal funds to teach reading and literacy.
Teaching young children digital citizenship skills can help prepare them to navigate the online world in safer, more meaningful ways now and when they are older.
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Classroom Technology Want Kids to Be More Responsible Online? Start Early
Talking to 4-year-olds about screen time, digital literacy, and cyber safety may seem premature. But waiting puts kids at a disadvantage.
Alyson Klein, September 7, 2022
7 min read
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Classroom Technology Letter to the Editor Schools Need a Computer Literacy Curriculum
It is irresponsible to give students computers and not invest in training, writes a teacher in this letter to the editor.
September 6, 2022
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Classroom Technology 5 Big Technology Challenges Teachers and Administrators Will Face This School Year
Grappling with cybersecurity and what to do with all those new devices are big ones.
Alyson Klein, August 26, 2022
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School Climate & Safety School Crime and Safety: What a Decade of Federal Data Show
Cyberbullying, behavioral issues, and shootings were among the top concerns in a report through 2019-20 school year.
Libby Stanford, July 8, 2022
5 min read
Kids Coding In School
Future of Work 3 Strategies for Helping Students Navigate the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Educators urge allowing students to present intriguing dilemmas to debate.
Mark Lieberman, June 27, 2022
3 min read
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Student Well-Being Yubo and Other Social Apps Popular With Kids: Facts and Cautions for Educators
The Uvalde shooter used Yubo, an app nicknamed "Tinder for teens," to threaten other kids.
Alyson Klein, June 6, 2022
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Student Well-Being The Uvalde Shooter Posted Threats on Yubo. What to Know About the App and Others Like It
Disturbing online interactions highlight the need for adults to support young people who encounter abuse on social media.
Alyson Klein, June 2, 2022
7 min read
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School Climate & Safety What the Research Says Bullying Dropped as Students Spent Less Time in In-Person Classes During Pandemic
Researchers based their findings on an analysis of internet searches on online and school-based harassment.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 10, 2022
5 min read
Privacy & Security Spotlight Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Digital Safety
In this Spotlight, review ways you should be approaching student and system data, discover how others teach digital safety, and more.
July 23, 2021
Privacy & Security Quiz Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Protecting Students During Remote Learning?
Quiz Yourself: What should you know about storing video content involving students?
June 7, 2021
Privacy & Security Spotlight Spotlight: Online Student Safety
In this Spotlight, assess possible digital vulnerabilities, learn how students may be partaking in digital self-harm, and more.
June 2, 2021
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Privacy & Security Q&A What Educators Should Know About Digital Self-Harm During Hybrid and Remote Learning
Some research suggests the phenomenon known as "digital self-harm" is on the rise and schools need to address it more directly.
Mark Lieberman, February 16, 2021
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