eSchool News featured an article dense with ideas and resources about teaching Internet safety to students. One of my favorites is “investigative role playing” where students are challenged to analyze three different websites on the same topic. The teacher carefully selects websites (one being a hoax) that present different information, naturally leading students to determine which source of information is accurate and why. I’ve done this activity with students and it is an eye-opener for them and very effective.
With eRate deadlines approaching and new requirements related to teaching Internet safety, schools will want to check out the numerous resources available. One thing to keep in mind when reviewing resources – the approach matters. Learning.com collaborated with national expert, Patricia Agatston, Ph.D., to develop their EasyTech Online Safety curriculum, avoiding a fear-based instructional approach. Check out a video of Dr. Agatston discussing cyber bullying and risky youth behavior. For more information on EasyTech Online Safety, click here.