- Information Technology Services
What is Digital Citizenship?
Cyberbullying, Communication and Relationships
"Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones." (StopCyberbullying.org). One important distinction is that cyberbullying has to do with minors. When adults are involved it falls into the realm of harassment or stalking.
Examples of cyberbullying include mean posts (via text, email, social media site); spreading rumors, sharing embarrassing or private pictures, videos, or information; impersonation; forwarding something that was private; and creating a "slam" page to demean someone.
You probably have heard of terrible stories about cyberbullying on the news or maybe even in your school community. One of the reasons cyberbullying can be so devastating is that it is different from face-to-face bullying. Take a moment to consider the ways that cyberbullying is different. (Check out some of the key differences here.)
Increasingly states are passing laws, and schools are having policies regarding bullying and cyberbullying. See The Cyberbullying Research Center's Bullying and Cyberbullying Laws Fact Sheet to see where your state stands.
- target: a person who is the object of an intentional action
- offender: a person who intentionally commits acts to hurt or damage someone
- bystander: a person who passively stands by and observes without getting involved
- upstander: a person who supports and stands up for someone else
Privacy, Digital Footprints and Identity
- opt-in or opt-out rights to privacy (i.e. those long boring privacy policies we click "agree" to but never read)
- how companies gather, track, and use data about consumers, and how this affects our online experience (i.e. targeted advertising)
- understanding laws that protect privacy, such as the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. This law i. Read more about COPPA and the Federal Trade Commission's 2012 updates to the law.
Copyright and Fair Use
- Get some background about intellectual property and public domain (Stanford)
- What is Fair Use? (Stanford University Libraries)
- Watch the clever A Fair(y) Use Tale, a social commentary on copyright and fair use
Easy Bib: Free automatic bibliography and citation maker
Copyright and Fair use lessons for high school (Media Education Lab)
Effective Searching on the Web
- use more descriptive wording such as porcelain china doll, instead of doll or ceramic doll
- use boolean operators such as labrador not dog if you want to eliminate information about dogs while searching for information on the island or mountain.
- Many websites will accept quotes around a word string such as "barrier reef" which will force the search engine to look for pages with those two specific words together.
- Tips to Effective Internet Searching (Southern Oregon University)
- Building Good Search Skills: What Students need to Know (KQED Mind/Shift)
Evaluating Credibility and Trustworthiness
- Author or contact person: are they credible? (usually found on the home page)
- Institution supporting the site/author: who are they? (usually linked with the author)
- Domain – the last segment of the URL (for example, .edu, com., org., .mil, .net, .gov)
- Date of creation or revision (is the site current?)
- Intended audience (for whom did the author create this site?)
- Purpose of the information (does the author present their information with a bias?)