I learned about many resources that I will use for my students and parents from this course. I especially liked the online resource for parents to see sites and applications and ratings and reviews. This would be the most helpful site. This course is the reason I am choosing my ad campaign for my tutoring business this coming school year which is "online safety for parents". I'll be creating videos for parents and have a resource on my website for internet safety which will include my final product and a playlist of YouTube videos on my channel which will give parents tips on being proactive with online safety with their teens. This was an interesting course and made me aware of even more items to be aware of when talking to my kids or my students about online safety. I will be bookmarking and using many of the resources from this course for my ad campaign and in my classroom.
Both cyberbullying and sexting have a similar base in that one person is giving out information about another person. Whether or note the information is true or not is irrelevant.
Cyberbullying has the same affect as in person bullying, except this form of bullying can reach more people in a shorter amount of time. The effect is much quicker with a cyberbully than a bully who is acting out in person only. The emotional effects to the person being bullied is the same - low self esteem, feeling worthless and emotionally hurt. There are many more far-reaching effects of bullying another person as well.
Sexting can be started by the victim or by another person who is not related to or knows the victim. Sexting is sexual harassment online or through text messages or pictures sent via text. Sexting is harmful to us as a society because it breaks down our moral fabric and community. Sexting pictures of a minor is also considered trafficing child pornography and is punishable by law in most areas.
I have two teenage girls and I have stressed to them to never post a picture online that they wouldn't want the entire world to see. We've talked about college and jobs and how what you post online will get to anyone who wants information about you. If you are asking yourself if its OK to post a picture, then the answer is no and its a bad idea - so don't do it. The implications are so far reaching that you may have to make critical life changes like changing the school you attend to fix the situation.
Copyright and plaigarism are two items which come up repeatedly in middle school teaching. There are quite a few reports which students complete over the year in their core and elective subjects. I've seen science fair reports written with no bibliography. When students are questioned about their work, they do not know what they have written. Obviously, they did not know the facts or content associated with their project and should have paraphrased or quoted the author's work in their bibliography.
These two subjects should be taught to children in middle school and even before in elementary school. Students need to be aware that they are stealing if they use another's work in their work without attribution. Students would be more careful to quote and paraphrase if they understood the retribution for plaigarism.
Most of the sites which were in our assignments this week I have had previous experience with both personally and professionally either in my classroom or in my tutoring business. Social media has had many critics about safety and use with children. I agree there are many safety issues with social media, however, the safety issues with social media are in some ways the same as safety issues before social media and other ways have added another dimension of safety issues. Ways that social media dangers are the same as pre-social media days are that there are people who will always lie about their identity. With social media, its easier for people to get away with the lie and not get caught. The other danger with identity is the false identities which people can easily create online which was not available pre-social media. Similar dangers also include parents who do not communicate with their children. Parents who are openly communicating and actively involved in their children's lives will have children who have more "street smarts" than parents who don't tell their children or talk about dangers. Children need to be made aware of these dangers. A new problem which social media has brought about is the knowledge gap between parents and children. Parents may know about apps that their children should not have (such as Tinder) but do not know how to keep or prevent their kids from using that app.
The best advice I could give any parent is to research apps your child is using on the website common sense media. This is a great resource for parents which gives ratings on apps from parents and kids. This is really useful information as the parent could see reasons why their child would be interested or using the app and could suggest another app their child could use which would have better privacy settings or a safer environment.