Links to Digital Citizenship resources which are current, practical and assist in developing programs that focus on: Think Critically, Behave Safely, Participate Responsibly.
The latest issue was published in April 2014. In it you'll find step by step guides to help improve your family’s online security. These will help you set up parental controls on everything from Twitter to your child’s Android phone. Industry experts, psychologists and parents offer their advice on how to keep your children safe online, as well as the latest news and digital trends.
The Task Force believes ‘that a new vision of learning is emerging. But to ensure that young learners are able to take full advantage of the opportunity, we must resolve serious issues of trust, safety, privacy, literacy and equity of access.’
Recent article [PDF] in American Psychological Association identified four types of positive impact that video games have on the kids who play them: cognitive, motivational, emotional, and social.
Parents need to understand the risks associated with social media. The problem comes when kids share their private thoughts, photos, videos, and personal information. These revealing posts can become very public and last a long time.
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Common Sense Media’s resources for schools.
Digital Passport. http://goo.gl/vyVyE4
1:1 Essentials. 3 stages of a 1: 1 program:
ENVISION, COMMUNICATE, IMPLEMENT
Resources that can be customised for schools planning or implementing a 1:1 program. http://goo.gl/jpJnbg
Graphite. Educators review apps, games and websites for the classroom. http://goo.gl/tsucf7
Watch how it works http://goo.gl/1c3jj2
Common Sense Media’s resources for families.
Parent Blog: Making Sense. Parenting, media and everything in between. http://goo.gl/ViDKRx
Reviews: Advice about age appropriate movies, books, apps, TV shows, video games, websites and music. http://goo.gl/8iZnro
Family Tip Sheets: Age appropriate [K-Y5, Y6-Y8, Y9-Y12] http://goo.gl/2p95SG
Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Bully Stoppers
Year 8 students from Haileybury talk about: privacy, picture pressure, digital footprints, digital dramas, gender and provide advice to their 8 year old self.
Lesson plans included.
These students had been immersed in Common Sense Media concepts in their wellbeing program and came together to talk about what it means to Growing Up Digital. I was off camera guiding the discussion and was impressed by their insights and mature commentary.
Anne cites a report published by the Crimes Against Children Research Center  which finds that Internet Safety topics are very broad, complex concerns ‘which makes it difficult to create comprehensive program logic around the entire problem as a set’.
Common Sense Media’s blog: making sense
Changing the ‘techno-panic mindset’ with the truth rather than the mythology about kinds experiences with devices and the Internet.
Advice from Stay Smart Online [Australia Government]. PDFs for Protecting Yourself Online and Protecting Your Identity.