In a very short span of time, Web 2.0 tools and "social networking" has evolved from "yeah, I heard about that," to "hey, check out my blog!"social_networking.jpg
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 here and here.
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psea.jpg RESOURCES:
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 this article on privacy and this is a mustread as well!

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES (AUP):
These board policies dictate "acceptable use" of our district's information and telecommunication resources; the AUP for Upper Dublin staff and students. In addition, the students and parents/guardians in my classroom receive a copy of this document explaining the use of Web 2.0 tools as well.
P.S.: As school districts navigate the ever-changing technology landscape, they are starting to redefine their acceptable use policies. Hereis 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 here.

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES:
Pennsylvania's Code of Professional Practice & Conduct for Educators here.
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) information here.
Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) information here.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) information here, and a video explaining the law here.

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) here.
"Cyber-Savvy Teens" a guide for teachers and parents here.
"Cyber-Savvy Teens" a guide for students here.
Online safety resources organized by age from GetNetWise
NEA's "bnetS@vvy" with many resources here
A very clever video produced by the Australian government here (skip the intro)
Fantastic video illustrating the degree of mobile device and social media use by teenagers here.
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center's site here.
The world's largest online internet-safety support group, WiredSafety.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's site here, and their "think before you post" one-minute video here for kids and their parents.
Federal bullying resource here from the Department of Health & Human Services.
Operation Safe-Surf: a program designed by the office of the PA Attorney General to educate kids, parents and schools about the importance of being safe online.

STILL WANT MORE?
Huge compliation of cyberbullying resources here and here.


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