(PD Title No. EDU5503E)
Internet Safety for Schools in the Digital Era
Proficiency Level: Mastery
Subject(s):Foreign Languages,Language Arts and Reading,Guidance,Health Education,Industrial Education,Interdisciplinary,Leadership Training,Multicultural Education,Music,Parent Education,Psychology,Science,Social Science,Volunteer,Special Education,Technology,Computer Education,Mathematics,Business,Art,Career Tech,Library Media,Basic Training,Physical Education
Grade(s): PreK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,CC,Other
Hours: 30.00


Description:In this course for school leaders, teachers, and administrators, participants will explore specific strategies for creating a safe environment for students when they access the Internet. They will learn essential information about the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), including compliance requirements for schools and districts. Participants will also become familiar with the ways that Web 2.0 technologies, which allow for more collaboration and social networking than was previously possible through the Internet, are changing the way that students and teachers interact online. Special attention will be paid to the safety and health issues that these technologies present, such as cyberbullying. Finally, participants will learn how to make sure that school and district Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) address these challenges while teaching students how to act as responsible “digital citizens,” helping them to explore Web 2.0 tools safely for educational purposes.
Pre-requisites: This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers.  In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.
Objectives: During this course, participants will learn skills and strategies to:
• Refine their understanding of specific options, technological or otherwise, for protecting children when they access the Internet over a school-based or statewide educational network;
• Understand current federal policy regarding how schools protect their students when they go online;
• Consider approaches for advancing digital citizenship of teachers and students and promoting the practice of online safety;
• Address instances of cyber-bullying in the classroom and online; and
• Make sure that current AUPs are up to date and address collaborative and social networking tools.

ACLD approved for 1 PLU with later enrollment in Showcase course PLUACLD039 to begin 6-months after EDU5503 completion.