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CSSRC Tools and Resources

  • Sexting: New Legislation/HB17- 1302 (C.R.S. § 18-7-109).  Colorado law regarding juvenile sexting conduct (the electronic exchange of sexually graphic images) will change on January 1, 2018. This handout is designed to break down the tiered approach to charging under that law and simplify the legislation for school staff.

Common Sense Media

  • Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Empowering parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

Children's Safety Network (CSN)

  • Children’s Safety Network National Resource Center for Injury and Violence Prevention is dedicated to working with state, territorial and community Maternal & Child Health and Injury & Violence prevention programs to create an environment where all children and youth are safe and healthy. We work with states and territories to infuse knowledge, expertise, and leadership to reduce injury, hospitalization, disability and death for all children and youth.
  • Internet Safety: 2014 Resource Guide, November 2014
    • ​This resource guide provides links to organizations, programs, publications, and resources focused on Internet safety, as well as information on a variety of subtopics related to the Internet, including: alcohol and drugs, cyberbullying, sexting, social networking, and suicide and self-harm.  Each item in this resource guide includes a short description and a link to the resource itself.  Descriptions of reports, guides, toolkits, campaigns, websites, and initiatives are, in most cases, excerpted from the resources themselves while descriptions of research studies are excerpted from the study abstracts.

ConnectSafely

  • ConnectSafely is for parents, teens, educators, advocates - everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web.
  • ConnectSafely also has all kinds of social-media safety tips for teens and parents, the latest youth-tech news, and many other resources.
  • Parents' Guides for Social Media Sites
  • ConnectSafely.org is a project of Tech Parenting Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, Calif., and Salt Lake City, Utah. The forum is co-directed by Larry Magid of SafeKids.com and Anne Collier of NetFamilyNews.org, co-authors of MySpace Unraveled: What It Is and How to Use It Safely. (Peachpit Press, Berkeley, Calif., July 2006).

Cyberbullying en Español

  • Posted May 2012.
  • Radio program on EDUCARadio from Denver Public Schools to provide information to Spanish speaking students and parents.

Cyberbullying Research Center

Cyber-Safety Action Guide

  • Created by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
  • Click the links for various online companies and social media sites to learn their general hate speech policies, cyberbullying/ harassment policies, and how to report hate speech, cyberbullying, and harassment.

CyberSmart! Cyberbullying Awareness Curriculum

  • The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is pleased to partner with CyberSmart! to bring to educators and parents the CyberSmart! Cyberbullying Awareness Curriculum, a positive and empowering suite of K-12 lessons provided free to schools. These materials can facilitate prevention of cyberbullying at the classroom level, and help provide outreach to families and the community.
  • In developing these lessons, CyberSmart! adopted an integrated approach, examining all current research findings and using best practices from the fields of cyber security, school violence prevention, and character education to affect behavioral change. The new curriculum is designed to guide students to think and act creatively and critically, defining the problems and issues themselves, and thus “owning” them. Without this ownership, no behavioral change can occur.

Electronic Crimes Task Forces (ECTF)

  • Operated by the U.S. Secret Service (USSS)
  • The concept of the ECTF network is to bring together not only federal, state and local law enforcement, but also prosecutors, private industry and academia. The common purpose is the prevention, detection, mitigation and aggressive investigation of attacks on the nation's financial and critical infrastructures.

Electronic Media and Youth Violence: A CDC Issue Brief for Researchers

Facebook Guide for Educators: A Tool for Teaching and Learning

  • Published in June 2013 by the Education Foundation of the United Kingdom.
  • This guide looks at the challenges and opportunities of using Facebook in the classroom. It offers insight and practical advice into how social media can support traditional classroom learning, enable ‘out of hours’ learning, facilitate communication between educators, students and parents, and enhance digital skills and citizenship.
  • While the examples are from schools in England, the information is applicable in Colorado.
  • CSSRC Staff Review  9/5/13

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Cyber Crime

  • This website includes information about cyber threats and scams, along with how to avoid common threats.  There is also information about how to protect your computer and how to report a cyber crime incident.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Privacy and Identity Information

  • The FTC is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.  This website contains information on computer security, kids' online safety, protecting your identity, and repairing identity theft.
  • Safeguarding Your Child's Future  |  en Español
    • Child identity theft happens when someone uses a minor’s personal information to commit fraud. A thief may steal and use a child’s information to get a job, government benefits, medical care, utilities, car loans, or a mortgage. Avoiding, discovering, and undoing the damage resulting from the theft of a child’s identity can be a challenge.
    • Published in May 2012.

iKeepSafe

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

Internet Safety 101

  • Supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) this information is produced by Enough Is Enough (EIE), a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, emerged in 1994 as the national leader on the front lines to make the Internet safer for children and families. Since then, EIE has pioneered
    and led the effort to confront online pornography, child pornography, child stalking and sexual predation with innovative initiatives and effective communications.

Internet Safety for Kids

  • Infographic guide for parents on how to talk to children about internet safety. Also provides tips and resources on safe browsing for youth and adults.


i-SAFE

  • i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to educate and empower youth to make their Internet experiences safe and responsible. The goal is to educate students on how to avoid dangerous, inappropriate, or unlawful online behavior.

McGruff Safe Guard - National Crime Prevention Council

  • Help keep our children safe on-line, click here to download your free Internet safety software.

Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade

  • This report released in December 2012 by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finds that many of today's most popular mobile applications for children are collecting personal information from those young technology users and sharing it with advertisers and other third parties without their parents' knowledge or consent.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), Internet Safety

Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids about Being Online

NetSmartz

  • The Netsmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5 to 17, parents & guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safe on the Internet. The NetSmartz Workshop was made possible via a public-private partnership with the United States Congress, United States Department if Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and Boy & Girls Clubs of America.
    • The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet. 

On Guard Online

Pew Internet and American Life Project

Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools

  • This research report was published by the Fordham Law School Center on Law and Information Policy in December 2013.
  • School districts are increasingly turning to rapidly evolving technologies and cloud computing to satisfy their educational objectives and take advantage of new opportunities for cost savings, flexibility, and always-available service among others. As public schools in the United States rapidly adopt cloud-computing services, and consequently transfer increasing quantities of student information to third-party providers, privacy issues become more salient and contentious. The protection of student privacy in the context of cloud computing is generally unknown both to the public and to policy-makers. This study thus focuses on K-12 public education and examines how school districts address privacy when they transfer student information to cloud computing service providers.
  • The goals of the study are threefold: first, to provide a national picture of cloud computing in public schools; second, to assess how public schools address their statutory obligations as well as generally accepted privacy principles in their cloud service agreements; and, third, to make recommendations based on the findings to improve the protection of student privacy in the context of cloud computing.

Privacy Technical Assistance Center

  • The U.S. Department of Education established the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) as a “one-stop” resource for education stakeholders to learn about data privacy, confidentiality, and security practices related to student-level longitudinal data systems. PTAC provides timely information and updated guidance on privacy, confidentiality, and security practices through a variety of resources, including training materials and opportunities to receive direct assistance with privacy, security, and confidentiality of longitudinal data systems.
  • Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services: Requirements and Best Practices
    • Published in February 2013
    • This document addresses privacy and security considerations relating to computer software, mobile applications (apps), and web-based tools provided by a third-party to a school or district that students and/or their parents access via the Internet and use as part of a school activity. Examples include online services that students use to access class readings, to view their learning progression, to watch video demonstrations, to comment on class activities, or to complete their homework.
  • PTAC Toolkit is a body of best practice resources to help education stakeholders learn more about data privacy, confidentiality, and security practices related to student-level longitudinal data systems.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

  • The REMS Technical Assistance Center's primary goal is to support schools and school districts in emergency management, including the development and implementation of comprehensive emergency and crisis response plans. The Center disseminates information about emergency management to help school districts learn more about developing, implementing, and evaluating crisis plans.
  • Integrating Cybersecurity with Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) for K-12 Education, November 2014

Ready.gov Cyber Attack

  • Ready.gov provides information about how to avoid and prevent cyber attacks, as well as how to respond during and after an attack.

Real Crimes in Virtual Worlds: School Violence: Echoes from the Digital Playgrounds

  • Published in December 2013 by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, Drexel University, and Drakontas.
  • This report focuses on how threatening behaviors among youth within online video games, virtual worlds, and social networks can pose real-world threats in schools. These online behaviors include bullying, threats, harassment, stalking, and abuse. The report highlights how virtual environments can help law enforcement, school resource officers, and school administrators become aware of real-world criminal intent, offers strategies for detecting and preventing online threats to improve school safety, and provides resources about suspicious or threatening online activities.
  • CSSRC Staff Review 11/17/14

Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologies

Safe Online Surfing (SOS)

  • Launched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2012
  • This is a website where students can learn about cyber safety through games, videos, and other interactive features. It teaches kids in third through eighth grades how to recognize and respond to online dangers such as cyberbullying, online predators, and identity thieves.
  • Schools can compete with each other on a national level. Schools with the highest scores will earn an FBI-SOS trophy.
  • CSSRC Staff Review 4/22/13

Sexting Brochures from Colorado

Social Media Toolkit: Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing a Social Media Strategy in Your School or District 

 

Staying Safe on the Internet

  • Interractive workbook for parents, educators, and students developed by DIRECTV. The workbook features games and puzzles that present lessons in internet safety, with a focus on the safe use of social media.  

StaySafeOnline.org

StopBullying.Gov | en Español

  • This official website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contains valuable resources about bullying awareness, prevention and intervention for kids and adults.
  • Cyberbullying
  • StopBullying Blog

Stop.Think.Connect.

That's Not Cool

  • Draw your own lines around what is, or is not, acceptable relationship behavior and seek help from your peers

Thieves Swipe School-Issued iPads

  • Published November 4, 2013 in USA Today
  • As tablets and laptops land in young hands, thieves are targeting schools and students.
  • "Teachers and administrators are so excited about the tech that it's very easy to overlook the security implications until it's too late," said Ken Trump, a school safety expert in Cleveland who has consulted with campuses in every state. "It's not just an issue of protecting the devices in the school itself. It's also an issue, even more importantly, of protecting the children coming to and from school."

Trends in Unwanted Online Experiences and Sexting: Final Report

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

  • Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community C3 Voluntary Program
    • Because cybersecurity and physical security are increasingly interconnected, DHS has partnered with the critical infrastructure community to establish a voluntary program to encourage use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework to strengthen critical infrastructure cybersecurity. The Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community C³ (pronounced “C Cubed”) Voluntary Program is the coordination point within the Federal Government for critical infrastructure owners and operators interested in improving their cyber risk management processes. The C³ Voluntary Program aims to: 1) support industry in increasing its cyber resilience; 2) increase awareness and use of the Framework; and 3) encourage organizations to manage cybersecurity as part of an all hazards approach to enterprise risk management.
    • Getting Started for Academia
      • This page is intended to increase cybersecurity awareness, incentivize cybersecurity, encourage the adoption of best practices, and implement a shared sense of responsibility for cybersecurity at universities and colleges.
    • Self Service Tools
      • Cyber Resilience Review
      • Access resources and no-cost, voluntary, non-technical assessments to evaluate an organization’s operational resilience and cybersecurity practices.
  • Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET)
    • A self-assessment tool that provides prioritized recommendations and enables users to assess their network and industrial control system security practices against industry and government standards.
  • United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)
    • US-CERT strives for a safer, stronger Internet for all Americans by responding to major incidents, analyzing threats, and exchanging critical cybersecurity information with trusted partners around the world.
    • Visit this site to learn about cyber threats and security. Current alerts and bulletins provide information about security activity and issues.

West High Bros

  • "Trying to make the world better one tweet at a time."
  • West High Bros started as just Jeremiah Anthony who decided he would randomly tweet sincere compliments to students in his school. First it was to his friends, and then all kinds of students for all kinds of random things. Soon other students wanted to do that with him and the “bros club” was formed.
  • Watch a video about West High Bros and Jeremiah Anthony, A Sincere Compliment

Other Helpful Resources about Internet Safety

 

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