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Online Safety and Cyberbullying

Be Web Aware provides a comprehensive overview on cyberbullying, the risks associated with social networking, and other pitfalls for students on the internet. Though it is mostly targeted towards parents, the site contains many links to studies and resources that can be helpful for teachers. www.bewebaware.ca/english/default.html  

BNetSavvy is a blog and newsletter with resources to help parents, teachers, and adults learn about what students are doing on social networking sites and mobile devices, and how to recognize and deal with cyberbullying. BNetSavvy also contains student perspectives on different resources, such as “The Smart Girl’s Guide to the Internet.” www.bnetsavvy.org/wp/

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use contains handouts, posters, classroom resources, and articles to help make students aware about cyberbullying and how to prevent it. www.csriu.org/

Comcast Student Voices has produced three videos about cyberbullying. The videos include stories of various cases of cyberbullying and tips on Internet safety. Viewers are also shown how to take action against cyberbullying, such as blocking a user on Myspace or how to make a report of abuse on Facebook. www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-9PXsmGHTw&feature=PlayList&p=3A2A5391F175757B&
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Common Sense Media provides free online lesson plans and worksheets for grades K-12. Lesson plans range from learning how to create secure passwords to exploring different scenarios of instant messaging to learning about privacy and identity theft. http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/safetysecurity/lessons/

CyberBullyHelp was created by three school psychologists and offers professional development resources for school staff dealing with cyberbullying. www.cyberbullyhelp.com/

Seattle public school district has developed a comprehensive cyberbullying curriculum for middle school students. district.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?sessionid=1652968a92850940b2785831aab30dff&pageid=216981&sessionid=1652968a92850940b2785831aab30dff

Cyberbullying Research Center provides fact sheets, message boards, and publications to help educators learn about cyberbullying, how to recognize it, and address it. www.cyberbullying.us/

Cyber Safety Campaign, created by Boston Public Schools, includes downloadable classroom resources on cyberbullying and internet use. It includes a blog with articles, posts, and resources created by Boston Public School students. www.bpscybersafety.org/

Digizen has resources to enhance people’s understanding of what digital citizenship means and how people can become better digital citizens. www.digizen.org/ 

iKeepSafe is a coalition of private sector, nonprofit, and educational groups that provides resources to parents, teachers, and children about cyberbullying and internet safety. http://ikeepsafe.org/

Developed in part by the Virginia Department of Education, Internet Safety and You contains videos about cyberbullying featuring Garfield the Cat, teacher materials, and a program by which elementary students can earn a certificate for completing an internet safety unit. www.infinitelearninglab.org/

The Look Both Ways Foundation provides free lesson plans to educate students about cyberbullying and protecting their identity on social media sites. Currently, lesson plans for grades 10-12 are available, and they are developing more for younger grades. http://look2ways.com/education/lessons.htm#

Make a Difference for Kids is dedicated to prevention of teen suicide in response to cyberbullying. It was founded as a response to the suicides of three Kentucky teens due to bullying on the internet. www.makeadifferenceforkids.org/

Media Awareness Network includes a variety of resources including free online games to teach students about cyberbullying. www.media-awareness.ca/english/index.cfm

NetSmartz offers videos, Powerpoints, and presentations to share with a class about cyberbullying and how to prevent it. www.netsmartz.org/Cyberbullying

Developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, NSTeens includes videos, comics, and real life stories to educate students about cyberbullying and its consequences. It also includes teacher materials for facilitating conversation. www.nsteens.org/

Not In Our School is a movement of students and teachers from across the country that are sharing stories, joining together and taking action to create safe schools, free from stereotypes, intolerance, and hate. In this 3 minute video with accompanying video, students take on cyber-bullying. www.niot.org/nios-video/students-take-cyberbullying-3-min

Power to Learn provides case studies about cyberbullying, social networking, and online video for students with and teacher guides. Also included are take-home resources in both English and Spanish to help educate parents as well. It is provided by Cablevision. http://powertolearn.com/internet_smarts/interactive_case_studies/index.shtml

A kit to educate students about Safer Internet Day, occurring February 8 of each year. www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/safer-internet-day-2011-kit

StopCyberbullying.org is a website created by Wired Magazine with resources for teachers, parents, and law enforcement, as well as resources for kids, broken down by age group. www.stopcyberbullying.org/

A Thin Line is MTV's campaign, developed to empower youth to identify, respond to and stop the spread of digital abuse. The campaign is built on the understanding that there is a "thin line" between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact. www.athinline.org