Teaching Digital Citizenship to the Law

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Teaching Digital Citizenship to the Law

Bill Gumula, M.Ed.

APPLICABLE LAWS

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”), enacted December 21, 2000, requires recipients of federal technology funds to comply with certain Internet filtering and policy requirements.  Schools and libraries receiving funds for Internet access and/or internal connection services must also meet the Internet safety policies of the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act (“NCIPA”) which addresses the broader issues of electronic messaging, disclosure of personal information of minors, and unlawful online activities.  The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, enacted October 10, 2008, adds an additional Internet Safety Policy requirement covering the education of minors about appropriate online behavior. 1

  • Internet Filtering:
    • Basic Requirement:  CIPA requires the implementation of a “technology protection measure” – generally referred to as an Internet filter – to block access to visual depictions deemed “obscene,” “child pornography,” or “harmful to minors.”  Filtering is required for all Internet-enabled computers whether used by minors or adults.  For E-rate purposes, filtering for adult Internet usage can be disabled for “bona fide research or other lawful purpose.”
  • Internet Safety Policy:
    • Basic Requirement:  CIPA requires the public adoption and enforcement of an “Internet Safety Policy” covering the filtering discussed above.   For minors, the policy must also address monitoring of online activities, the safety and security of all forms of direct electronic communications, unauthorized online access, and unauthorized disclosure of personal identification information.
    • A provision of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act requires that the policy include measures for educating minors about appropriate online behavior.
      • Section (c)(1)(i) reads in part, “beginning July 1, 2012, schools’ Internet safety policies must provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.”

COMMON SENSE MEDIA RECOMMENDED ERATE COMPLIANCE CURRICULUM

Teach one or two lessons per grade so that students are educated about all three topics required by CIPA every year.

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1 The FCC has clarified that the determination of what matter is considered inappropriate for minors is a local decision to be made by the school board, local educational agency, library, or other authority. Most specifically, the FCC found that social network Websites (e.g., Facebook and MySpace) do not fall into one of the categories that must be blocked.
Teaching Digital Citizenship Lesson Elementary List
Teaching Digital Citizenship Lesson Middle School List
Teaching Digital Citizenship Lesson High School List


KEY TO COMMON SENSE MEDIA SYMBOLS

Internet Safety
Privacy and Security
Relationships and Communication
Cyberbullying
Digital Footprint and Reputation
Self-image and Identity
Information Literacy
Creative Credit and Copyright


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

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Kindergarten – Safety & Privacy – Going Places Safely
Students learn that they can go to exciting places online, but that they need to follow certain rules to remain safe.
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1st Grade – Appropriate Online Behavior – About Email
Students explore how they can use email to communicate with real people within their schools, families, and communities.
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2nd Grade – Cyberbullying – Show Respect Online
Students explore what cyberbullying means and what they can do when they encounter it. Students learn about in-person and online communications, and how to write good emails.
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3rd Grade – Safety & Privacy – Talking Safely Online
Students learn that the Internet is a great place to develop rewarding relationships. But they also learn not to reveal private information to a person they know only online.
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4th Grade – Cyberbullying – The Power of Words
Students consider that they may get online messages from other kids that can make them feel angry, hurt, sad, or fearful. They explore ways to handle cyberbullying if it happens.
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5th Grade – Appropriate Online Behavior – Digital Citizenship Pledge
Students work together to outline common expectations in order to build a strong digital citizenship community. Each member of the class signs a We the Digital Citizens Pledge.


MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

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6th Grade – Appropriate Online Behavior – Safe Online Talk
Students consider scenarios in which they might feel uncomfortable or encounter inappropriate talk or behavior online. They learn to recognize online predators and rules for online safety.
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6th Grade – Safety & Privacy – Scams and Schemes
Students learn strategies for guarding against identity theft and scams that try to access their private information online.
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7th Grade – Safety & Privacy – Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line
Students learn to distinguish good-natured teasing from cyberbullying.
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7th Grade – Cyberbullying – Trillion Dollar Footprint
Students learn that they have a digital footprint and that this information can be searched; copied and passed on, but that they can take some control based on what they post online.
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8th Grade – Appropriate Online Behavior – Which Me Should I Be?
Students learn that presenting themselves in different ways online carries both benefits and risks.
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8th Grade – Cyberbullying – Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding
Students learn about the difference between being a passive bystander versus a brave upstander in cyberbullying situations.


HIGH SCHOOL SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

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9th Grade – Safety and Privacy – Private Today, Public Tomorrow
Students reflect on their responsibility to protect the privacy of others when posting information about them online.
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10th Grade – Appropriate Online Behavior – Risky Online Relationships
Students think critically about developing relationships with people online.
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11th Grade – Safety and Privacy – College Bound
Students learn that everything they or anyone else posts about them online becomes part of a public online presence known as a digital footprint.
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12th Grade – Cyberbullying – Taking Perspectives on Cyberbullying
Students learn about the dynamics of online cruelty and how it affects all of the people involved.


COMMON SENSE MEDIA LINKS

All E-RATE/CIPA Lesson Plans
Teacher Verification Document
Administrator Checklist

School Posters

Learn more about E-rate and CIPA at www.usac.org/sl
Grade LevelLesson TitleDownload Lesson MaterialsOnline Lessons
Grades K-2Going Places SafelyDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades K-2About EmailDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades K-2Show Respect OnlineDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 3-5Talking Safely OnlineDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 3-5The Power of WordsDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 3-5Digital Citizenship PledgeDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 6-8Safe Online TalkDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 6-8Scams and SchemesDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 6-8Cyberbullying: Crossing the LineDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 6-8Trillion Dollar FootprintDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 6-8Which Me Should I Be?Download LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 6-8Cyberbullying: Be UpstandingDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 9-12Private Today, Public TomorrowDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 9-12Risky Online RelationshipsDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 9-12College BoundDownload LessonView Lesson Online
Grades 9-12Taking Perspectives: CyberbullyingDownload LessonView Lesson Online

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