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Must Have Resources on Teaching Online Safety

Internet has become an integral part of our students learning. They use it for searching, connecting, socializing, and communicating.There is no way we can control what our students are doing online no matter how hard we try. It is funny  when you enter a school and find that certain websites ( YouTube for instance ) is banned there. Why would students access YouTube through their schools desktops while they have their own mobile gadgets to use whenever and wherever they want. This is a flawed strategy and , unfortunately,  is not how we can keep our students from harms way.

Students digital safety is not dependent on a strict ban of certain websites, it is rather an outcome of a fruitful and collaborative awareness process in which students take part in learning how to :


be able to scrutinize the veracity of texts obtained via networks or online spaces that have very little to do with conventional ' information or truth criteria and everything to do with discursive understanding of how online practices work.  For example knowing how to read the source code of an email message claiming to be an urgent communique from a bank or online payment service wanting you to verify your account details and checking whether the click through URLs contained in the message and hidden in the code match your bank's actual URL or are scam links... ( excerpt from page 240 of a book I am reading this week under the title New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Classroom Learning )

Teaching online safety is not an easy task but it is not impossible. I have amassed some of the best resources ( guides, tutorials, links ..etc ) for you to help you teach your students how to stay safe while browsing the net. Enjoy

1- Free Tools and Resources about Internet Safety

2- Google Good to Know: Everything you Need to Know about Staying Safe

3- Great Internet Safety Posters for Teachers

4- How to Safely Store Data on The Cloud

5- How to Choose A Strong Password

6- A Comprehensive Guide to Keeping your Identity Safe

7- The 17 Most Dangerous Places on The Web

8- The Core Rules of Netiquette

9- Digital Citizenship Guide

10- Make Computer Security one of your New Year's Resolution

11- Bluevaleyk12 resources


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