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In a very short span of time, Web 2.0 tools and "social networking" has evolved from
"yeah, I heard about that,"
"hey, check out my blog!"
It's important that you understand the legal and professional responsibilities that come with using Web 2.0 tools both personally and in the classroom, as many of them are by nature megaphones to the world. Remember, once it's out there, it's out there forever, regardless of the cute tricks
If you are an educator using technology in any way to communicate with your students, check out the recommendations from PSEA:
"Technology and your profession."
as well as their
"Safe Social Media tips"
...and if you are on Facebook, I recommend
on privacy and this is a
read as well!
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES (AUP):
These board policies dictate "acceptable use" of our district's information and telecommunication resources; the
for Upper Dublin
In addition, the students and parents/guardians in my classroom receive a copy of
explaining the use of Web 2.0 tools as well.
As school districts navigate the ever-changing technology landscape, they are starting to
their acceptable use policies.
is North Penn School District's new board policy for its staff. As time goes on, these policies will need to address student-owned equipment as well, as Quakertown S.D. delineates
Code of Professional Practice & Conduct for Educators
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
Children's Internet Protection Act
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
, and a video explaining the law
RESOURCES FOR YOUR CLASSROOM AND TO SHARE WITH STUDENTS & PARENTS:
Detailed chart diagramming
"scope and sequence"
for discussing online student choices, safety, concerns and terms by grade level (K-12)
"Cyber-Savvy Teens" a guide for teachers and parents
"Cyber-Savvy Teens" a guide for students
Online safety resources organized by age from
NEA's "bnetS@vvy" with many resources
A very clever video produced by the Australian government
(skip the intro)
Fantastic video illustrating the degree of mobile device and social media use by teenagers
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center's site
The world's largest online internet-safety support group,
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's site
, and their
"think before you post"
for kids and their parents.
Federal bullying resource
from the Department of Health & Human Services.
: a program designed by the office of the PA Attorney General to educate kids, parents and schools about the importance of being safe online.
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Huge compliation of cyberbullying resources
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