Online Safety

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Teaching Q&A Schools Are Teaching Digital Literacy and Citizenship. But Are They Doing It Right?
New research illuminates how schools are tackling digital and media literacy as tech plays an increasingly larger role in students' lives.
Arianna Prothero, July 13, 2023
4 min read
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The icon for TikTok pictured in New York on Feb. 25, 2020.
Ed-Tech Policy TikTok Is Raising National Security, Privacy Concerns. Should Educators Steer Clear?
The social media video app is raising national security concerns that could ultimately get the platform banned in the U.S.
Alyson Klein, March 22, 2023
7 min read
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Ed-Tech Policy Opinion Should Teachers Be Allowed to Use Online Tools to Monitor Student Screens?
For some teachers, that's a no-no. Others see the merit in watching their students work in real time.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 21, 2023
12 min read
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Privacy & Security Four Countries Want Students to Help Their Schools Fight Cyber Threats
Australia, India, Japan, and the United States are teaming up to shine a spotlight on cybersecurity.
Alyson Klein, February 7, 2023
1 min read
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IT Infrastructure & Management Students Are Viewing Porn at School. How Educators Can Stop Them
Nearly a quarter of teenagers said they have viewed pornography at school, new survey shows.
Alyson Klein, January 10, 2023
3 min read
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Student Well-Being The FBI's Warning About 'Sextortion' and Kids: What Schools Can Do
The FBI issued an alert about an increase in children being coerced into sending explicit images online and then being extorted for money.
Lauraine Langreo, December 20, 2022
3 min read
Classroom Technology Spotlight Spotlight on Balanced Screen Time
This Spotlight will help you understand responsible online behavior, what schools can do to prevent the overuse of technology, and more.
October 3, 2022
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Classroom Technology 3 Tips for Teaching Online Responsibility to Young Kids
Children as young as 4 or 5 can begin building lifelong habits when it comes to limiting screen time and being safe online.
Alyson Klein, September 9, 2022
3 min read
Kindergartner Dallas Webb tests herself in a reading lab on software designed to even out gaps in knowledge. Her school, Jere Whitson Elementary, in Cookeville, Tenn., is part of a district experimenting with new ways of using federal funds to teach reading and literacy.
Teaching young children digital citizenship skills can help prepare them to navigate the online world in safer, more meaningful ways now and when they are older.
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Classroom Technology Want Kids to Be More Responsible Online? Start Early
Talking to 4-year-olds about screen time, digital literacy, and cyber safety may seem premature. But waiting puts kids at a disadvantage.
Alyson Klein, September 7, 2022
7 min read
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Classroom Technology Letter to the Editor Schools Need a Computer Literacy Curriculum
It is irresponsible to give students computers and not invest in training, writes a teacher in this letter to the editor.
September 6, 2022
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Classroom Technology 5 Big Technology Challenges Teachers and Administrators Will Face This School Year
Grappling with cybersecurity and what to do with all those new devices are big ones.
Alyson Klein, August 26, 2022
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School Climate & Safety School Crime and Safety: What a Decade of Federal Data Show
Cyberbullying, behavioral issues, and shootings were among the top concerns in a report through 2019-20 school year.
Libby Stanford, July 8, 2022
5 min read
Kids Coding In School
Future of Work 3 Strategies for Helping Students Navigate the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Educators urge allowing students to present intriguing dilemmas to debate.
Mark Lieberman, June 27, 2022
3 min read