On Friday, September 10, 2010, I shared five presentations on “Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship” with all 900+ students in Alva Public Schools in Alva, Oklahoma. I started at the high school in the morning, and with the help of tech director Tony Ishmael made it to the junior high, grade 4-5 campus, grade 2-3 campus, and finally to the preK-K-1 campus before the end of the day. Holding the attention of the kindergarteners and 1st graders for 30 minutes at the end of the day on a Friday was definitely a challenge! My content was basically the same for the high schoolers (grades 9-12) and the junior high students (grades 6-8,) but I removed discussion and related videos on sexing for the younger elementary students in grades 5 and under. My presentation for K-1 students was just 30 minutes long, but for the other classes I spoke for about 45 minutes each time. I included discussions about password security, identity theft and secure passwords for elementary students by talking about Webkinz as well as Club Penguin. I’ve found it can be powerful to ask students to share THEIR stories of password and Webkinz cash theft during discussions like these, because in most groups you’ll have at least a few students who have run into problems with siblings and others gaining unauthorized access to their Internet accounts.

The following is a SlideShare Slidecast (audio recording synchronized to presentation slides) for my first presentation of the day on “Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship” Friday to high school students in Alva. The recording is 43 minutes long. I apologize I did NOT remove the silence/quiet during the playback of the “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” video clip, but you CAN skip over that slide during Slideshare playback.

For a list of topics I recommend addressing in presentations like this for parents as well as students, see my August 20th post, “Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship Presentations for Students, Parents and Teachers.” I’d welcome any feedback, suggestions, or ideas related to this presentation you might have. These conversations are VERY important to have with students on an ongoing basis, and since 2008 have been required in United States schools receiving eRate funding.

The fourth video I shared in this presentation was linked on the excellent website thatsnotcool.com. The video is a two minute public service announcement (PSA) for the Ad Council in the United States on “Digital Privacy” by the three girls on YouTube’s Whateverhollywood channel. They make some important points on these topics, and hopefully got the attention of students in Alva on Friday.

If you would like more information about my presentations on Internet Safety or other topics, please check out the “speaking” page of my blog.

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  • Erin Tillman

    As I was listening to your speech, I realized how unaware of things that dealt with kids and technology. “Sexing?”. I won’t lie. I am astonished. Maybe it’s the different generations, but none of this existed when I was going through school. Bullying over text messages. I knew that happened, but all of this for a child? Is it even worth it for the child to have a cell phone if all of hings going on? They need to learn how to use computers and phones, but with all of these different things happening, parents need to be aware and stay aware of what their child reads, sees, and says!

  • Les

    I always appreciate your posts & information you share. So I thought I’d share a new tool I recently found that is excellent & wanted to share with you & fellow readers. Pandora’s Hope is a solution to easily protect homes or businesses from those things online that you  don’t want to be exposed to or tempted by.The Pandora’s Hope router connects directly into your modem, making it easy to use and compatible with any cable or DSL Internet connection. This Internet filtering router gives you better control on what is seen on any device using your Internet connection (wireless or via cable). Definitely worth checking out!

  • http://www.wesfryer.com Wesley Fryer

    Thanks Les, this looks good and a less geeky way to implement a solution comparable to free OpenDNS filtering. The link for Pandora’s Hope Router is:

    http://www.pandorashope.com

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