Cyber Savvy: Embracing Digital Safety and Citizenship provides guidance to educators, mental health professionals, and law enforcement officers on how to effectively implement instructional activities to address issues of safety and citizenship with today's digital youth.
The Cyber Savvy instructional approach is grounded in the understanding that the vast majority of young people want to make good choices, do not want to be harmed, and do not want to see their friends or others harmed. This instructional approach focuses on positive social norms, effective practices, and the positive engagement of witnesses.
Concerns about the safety of young people online have been present since around 1995. At first filtering software was promoted at the way to "protect children." In the early 2000's the U.S. Department of Justice provided funding for several national organizations to create Internet safety curriculum material. Much of this material exaggerates the risks associated by "online strangers" and uses fear-based messaging. In 2008, Congress passed the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act. This Act added a provision to the Children's Internet Protection Act (the law that requires schools and libraries to install filtering in conjunction with E-Rate funding for technology). This new requirement is for schools to teach about Internet safety. The Federal Communication Commission has just issued regulations about the new requirement.
Most school districts already know that they need to move in this direction. Some new curriculum will be coming into the market place - more can be expected. This book will address that need by describing the issues and suggested solutions so that school leaders, counselors, and teachers can provide a safe and productive online environment for their students. There has been so much inaccurate information presented, and still is, that is it exceptionally important that teachers gain research-based insight into the actual risks and recommendations grounded in effective risk prevention instruction. This book will provide that guidance.
Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D. is the director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use. She has degrees in special education and law. She taught "at risk" children, practiced computer law, and was an educational technology consultant before focusing her professional attention on issues of youth risk online and effective management of student Internet use. She has focused on issues of youth risk online and effective Internet use management since 1995. Nancy is author of several books. Among them are; Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Cruelty, Threats, and Distress (Research Press- 7,288 units sold) and Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens, Helping Young People Use the Internet Safety and Responsibly (Jossey Bass, at 6,000 units sold). Nancy's focus is on applying research insight into youth risk and effective research-based risk prevention approaches to these new concerns.
About the Author Acknowledgments Preface I. Teaching Digital Safety & Citizenship 1. Let Them Teach Each Other to Swim 2. Making Positive Choices Online 3. The Dangers of Techno-Panic 4. Targeted Youth Risk Online Prevention & Intervention 5. Law Enforcement Officers as Instructors 6. School Staff Online 7. Providing Parent Guidance II. Digital Safety and Citizenship Issues 8. Cyber Safe Kids 9. Avoid the Impulse - Remember What You Do Reflects on You 10. Read With Your Eyes Open - Assess the Credibility of Information 11. Keep Your Life in Balance - Avoid Addictive Use 12. Think Before You Post - Protect Your Reputation & Respect Others 13. Connect Safely - Interact Safely With Others Online 14. Keep Yourself Secure - Implement Security & Avoid Scams 15. Abide by the Terms - Act in Accord with Laws, Policies, & Terms 16. Stay Out of the Garbage - Avoid Objectionable & Illegal Material 17. Don't Sell Yourself - Disclose & Consume Wisely 18. Protect Your Face & Friends - Be a Savvy & Civil When Networking 19. Embrace Civility - Prevent Hurtful Digital Communications 20. Cyberdate Safely - Avoid Exploitation & Abusive Relationships Index