Digital Citizenship"Digital citizenship is about how “we” act online. It is about how we communicate, share information, and utilize the information we gather online. Too often we hear about people not being responsible online users, but don’t know what to do about it or how to help make them aware of what they should be doing."
* Article: "A Definition of Digital Literacy & Citizenship" by Anne Collier
Anne Collier is the editor of NetFamilyNews.org and founder and executive director of its parent organization, Net Family News, Inc., and a writer and youth advocate who has worked in the news media since 1980. With SafeKids.com's Larry Magid, she co-directs ConnectSafely.org, a Web-based resource for parents, educators, and everybody interested in the impact of the fixed and mobile social Web on youth and vice versa.
* Article: "Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship" from the Digital Citizenship website
* Article: "Be A Pro" from the iKeepSafe.org website
The article includes research conducted by the Rochester Institute of Technology and helpful tips for families on how to define success for youth online and to help them implement tools and habits that prepare their children to be ethical, responsible, and resilient digital citizens.
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* Article: "Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Identification, Prevention & Response" from the CRC
The Cyberbullying Research Center (CRC) is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. This article helps equip parents to spot cyberbullying, respond to it appropriately and meaningfully, and to prevent its future occurrence among the children and teenagers they care for.
* Blog postings from the NetFamilyNews.org website
Short articles from Anne Collier on a variety of digital citizenship and online safety topics.
* Video: "End Cyberbullying- Official ETCB Message" from the End to Cyber Bullying Organization
The End to Cyber Bullying Organization is the world’s number one source for up-to-date cyberbullying information, news, legislature, and cyberbullying prevention tips. This video gives you a great overview of what cyberbullying is and ways to prevent it from happening.
Other Valuable Online ResourcesCommon Sense Media is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They empower 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.The Cyberbullying Research Center web site serves as a clearinghouse of information concerning the ways adolescents use and misuse technology. It is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, law enforcement officers, counselors, and others who work with youth. Here you will find facts, figures, and detailed stories from those who have been directly impacted by online aggression. In addition, the site includes numerous resources to help you prevent and respond to cyberbullying incidents.The End to Cyber Bullying (ETCB) Organization is a state certified, non-profit organization founded with the hope of creating a social networking world devoid of cyberbullying. By raising awareness and informing members of both our community and of our globe, ETCB hopes to help teens, parents, educators, and others to identify, prevent, and ultimately stop cyberbullying. They hope to BE THE CHANGE and spread the positivity of change, instead of negativity caused by cyberbullying, online.NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.