Internet Safety & Digital Responsibility
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.
DFi provides the necessary tools and training programs for educators, law enforcement (SRO’s) and parents to help them instruct kids on safer, more responsible internet and device usage and better manage specific challenges that arise – including substance use, cyberbullying, sexting, online predators, loss of emotional intelligence, distracted driving and more.”
- Free digital citizenship lessons for teachers to help students stay safe online & take control of their digital lives. Designed to keep kids engaged with timely, real-world examples. https://www.dfinow.org/for-teachers/
- Free content for SRO’s to teach kids digital citizenship. Help kids take control over their lives with the only standardized curriculum developed for School Resource Officers by School Resource Officers. https://www.dfinow.org/for-sros/
Teach your kids good digital citizenship. Our free lessons cover internet use, tech addiction, substance abuse, safe driving, stranger danger, and more. https://www.dfinow.org/for-parents/
- 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.
- Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media
- 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 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).
- The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying, and the negative use of social networking among adolescents.
- This web site provides cyberbullying research, stories, cases, downloads, fact sheets, online quizzes, tips and strategies, news headlines, a blog, and a number of other helpful resources on their comprehensive public service web site.
- Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying: Top Ten Tips for Educators, 2009
- Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying: Top Ten Tips for Parents, 2009
- Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying: Top Ten Tips for Teens, 2012
- Report Cyberbullying or inappropriate conduct to social media sites, search engines, cell phone providers, internet providers, and internet games.
- Resources for Educators
- Resources for Parents
- 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! brings 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- The virtual world expands opportunities for bullying almost infinitely. Because cyber abuse is a real and present danger for children and adults, iKeepSafe has teamed up with various partners to raise awareness about cyberbullying and empower youth to become “upstanders” rather than “bystanders.”
- Funding for some materials came from a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
- Digital Compliance and Student Privacy: A Roadmap for Schools, outlines steps to implementing privacy and security compliance programs.
- Data Privacy and Schools: Outlining the Conversation, examines challenges related to managing data privacy and security in schools.
- Law Enforcement and Cyberbullying Fact Sheet, November 2012
- Preparing and Responding to Cyberbullying: Tips for Law Enforcement | en Español, 2014
- The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
- The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant.
- 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.
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.
- The NCJRS is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
- Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking
- General Internet Safety Resources
- Internet Privacy
- Online Safety for Youth
- Updated in January 2014 by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and with partnership with many governmental agencies, this site for parents offers practical tips to help their children navigate the online world.
- Visit On Guard Online : Managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), this is the federal government’s website to help people be safe, secure and responsible online.
- Information for Educators
- Information for Parents
- Information for Kids
- Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online (Spanish)
- 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.
- PEW analyze the social impact of digital technologies, and study attitudes about scientific research and innovation. Their focus is on how science and technology changes affect families, communities, education, health care and medicine, civic and political life, and workers’ activities.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
Sammy's Guide to Internet Safety (ATTPlans)
Sammy’s Guide provides a variety of interactive games, lessons, resources, and quizzes that teach you about how to stay safe online, what information should be kept private, how to combat cyber bullying, and much more. The guide teaches kids how to enjoy the internet safely while providing fun activities and games.
Social Media Toolkit: Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing a Social Media Strategy in Your School or District
- Published November 2013 by the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE)
- Learn about:
- Setting a policy
- Defining your channels
- Implementing and promoting your program
- Monitoring and evaluation
- California State University Social Media Response Matrix
- Created by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)
- Stay Safe Online: Learn how to protect yourself, your family and your devices with tips and resources.
- 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.
- StopBullying Blog
- The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.
- The message was created in 2010 by a coalition of private companies, non-profits and government organizations with leadership provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
- Campaign Website with information and resources available in multiple languages
- Parent and Educator Resources
- Student Resources
- Law Enforcement Resources
- Draw your own lines around what is, or is not, acceptable relationship behavior and seek help from your peers
- Published in February 2014 by the Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC)
- This report, supported by funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), summarizes key findings from the Third Youth Internet Safety Survey. Topics include youth reports of unwanted sexual solicitations, online harassment, uninvited exposure to sexual material, and “sexting.”
- 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.
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