Friday Links: Internet Safety

In keeping with my efforts to try something new with this blog, I post-dated a new entry for each day this week, Monday through Friday. Though I haven’t made the time yet to really catch up in reading my RSS feeds (I have about 2800 unread items at this point), I did manage to post a few new link posts this week, too. The third part of the new plan is to offer a collection of links each Friday, the purpose being to post some of the links that never got out of draft form as individual posts. Some go back more than a year!

At any rate, because I am making a presentation about Internet Awareness, Safety, and Ethics to the Orange County District Technology Leaders (DTL) meeting on Monday morning, I am beginning with my Internet Safety category today, which also has the added benefit of being a relatively small category in my list of drafts.

Some of the links are very old… others were already dead, and they are not included. Still, I hope they wills serve as resources for others as they have for me.

So, here they are… one dozen internet safety links (in chronological order):

  1. Filters and student decision-making (Via Moving at the Speed of Creativity.) On March 14th of last year, Wes Freyer addressed the importance of digital citizenship in the face of Internet safety fears.
  2. Don’t Talk to Invisible Strangers – ANNA BAHNEY, New York Times (Via Educational Technology.) This brief article from March 15th of last year focuses on the sort of fear-mongering presentation I want to avoid. This is why the presentations I do focus on the benefits of the social web first. :)
  3. A VC: MySpace Musings (Via David Brussin.) My friend David Brussin sent me a link to these musings on danah boyd’s work last March 18th.
  4. Password protection for your feed? (Via Teach42) On March 20th 2006, Steve Dembo posted about password protecting an RSS feed, which you might do to protect student information that is syndicated online.
  5. Article: News – MySpace spoofs irk school officials (Via Furl – The rcraven Archive.) Robert Craven linked to this local example last March 24th.
  6. Filter your feeds with Feed Rinse (Via Lifehacker.) Something like Feed Rinse might be used to filter inappropriate material out of student or teacher RSS feeds. This was also posted on March 24, 2006.
  7. Greenhill School: Technology Information: “An Internet safety presentation delivered to upper school parents at Greenhill School. The presentation was delivered on March 27th, 2006 by Chris Bigenho- Director of Educational Technology at Greenhill. All audio files are mp3 format and the slides are provided in pdf and PowerPoint formats. There were 3 video clips used in the presentation. Two of these can be found on the parent resource page and were part of a series produced by Dateline NBC.”
  8. My Space and Our Space (Via Weblogg-ed News: The Read/Write Web in the Classroom.) Will Richardson quotes social networking expert danah boyd: “‘Support people in learning how to negotiate it.’ What a concept.”
  9. An Alternative to DOPA (Via 2 Cents Worth.) A post by David Warlick back on 08/09/06 focusing on the Adam Walsh act.
  10. Student Thoughts on The Danger of MySpace (Via Gary Bertoia.) Who better to go to then the real experts… students. (12/05/06)
  11. Greatest Challenge (Via 2 Cents Worth.) The comments in this more recent (01/24/07) Warlick post are the valuable part. He poses the question: ““What is your greatest challenge in teaching appropriate, ethical use of web-based media to your students?”
  12. Internet Safety Videos (Via Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson.) Posted on 08/25/2006: “The web site is a joint effort of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. They have a number of excellent videos on cyberbullying and the risks of strangers children can meet online. Most of the videos also have activity cards (often different ones for middle school and high school students), links to related news articles and other supporting resources. These are easily used as part of a curriculum to teach students about safe and responsible behavior on the Internet.”

Enjoy. And please feel free to offer reactions (or additional resources) in the comments.

9 Responses to “Friday Links: Internet Safety”

  1. Jace Galloway Says:


    Great Info.

    If you have a moment, please take a look at the Internet Safety educational resource I put together for parents and teachers.

    I am passionate about this issue! I have spear-headed Internet Safety for the past two years, by creating and implementing a unique and personalized curriculum for all 2nd and 3rd grade students at my local school, and also am the Regional Office of Educations Internet Safety Coordinator. I also write a regular newspaper column and am a mom of two ornery teenagers.

    I work with hundreds and children weekly, for the past five years, in a computer lab environment and think I can provide a unique perspective for everyone.

    Thanks for your information–getting the word out is critical in keeping our children safer online!


  2. Anne Bubnic Says:

    Hi Mark

    You should add CTAP Region IV’s CyberSafety web site to the mix. ( ) as a source for good information for educators, parents and teens. We presented this content at the CUE Conference. Our PowerPoint slides shows and games are all available for download at the site. We divide Cybersafety into six areas: Personal Information, Social Networks, CyberPredators, Intellectual Property, Inappropriate Content, and Cyberbullying.

    Earlier this year, we did a workshop with Anne Collier and Larry Magid ( on My Space Unraveled, the title of their new book. This should be a must read for everyone! ( We also presented at the Governor’s CyberSafety Summit. ( This past Friday, we did a workshop with Nancy Willard at the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use in Oregon. I’ll be blogging more about that later this week. See Tech Savvy Teacher (

  3. J.D. Williams Says:

    Here is a news article I found from the local paper where I grew up:

    Social Networking sites are always going to have a “black eye” to people that do not use them, or know how to keep themselves out of (or get themselves out of) inappropriate situations. This police officer shows the bad part of social networking (and he was even on-duty).

    Students need to be taught social skill on how to deal with people, be it in person, online, on the phone, etc. I mean if you can’t trust a police officer, who can you trust?

    I know Internet safety is important, but shouldn’t it just be a safety issue? Parents tell their students not to talk to strangers they see in the street. I don’t understand why the connection isn’t made (by the parents) that they need to make sure their kids are safe online too.

    Maybe I’m too young and comfortable using online tools to notice the line between Internet Safety and just plain safety.

  4. Mark Wagner Says:

    Thank you both for sharing the resources you’ve worked so hard on! I’m posting links here as well, so that others can easily access your work:


  5. Educational Technology and Life » Blog Archive » The Value of Collaboration (and Graphic Design) Says:

    […] When I posted some Internet Safety links in preparation for this talk, Anne Bubnic of CTAP Region 4 left a comment about the cybersafety site they’ve created for their region. I checked it out before the DTL meeting and was humbled by their graphic design (in comparison to my bare-bones approach)… their site is very thorough, but very accessible – and it looks great. (In defense of the work we’ve been doing, I think we still contribute an effort to focus on telling both sides of the story… on educating about the benefits to off-set the danger of fear-mongering.) […]

  6. Jace Galloway Says:

    Internet Safety resource for parents and educators.

  7. Mark Wagner Says:

    Thanks for your comment, J.D. I, too, often try to get parents and teachers to see things in terms of the “analog” world when trying to deal with new concerns regarding digital technologies. This is very much an issue of “safety” and “parenting” rather than “Internet Safety” and “Internet Parenting”… but, that being said, there are many parents who know so little about the technologies that they don’t know how to apply their parenting skills (or even if they can)… thus the uncertainty and fear. I suspect such workshops will be valuable for some time to come.


  8. Jim Sill Says:

    Mark, thank for posting the links. A teacher can never have too many resources. I have been teaching the program in my high school computer classroom for the last couple years. I love using their resources because they provide student produced resources for all high school classes. They take tough topics and break them down for the kids (and adults!) to understand.

    This year, I decided to teach parents as well. It is important for them to continue good practices at home. I just wish our district would teach it at the elementary level.

  9. Mark Wagner Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Jim. I look forward to reading about your experiences teaching parents if you decide to write about them. That’s one of the great benefits of the edublogosphere… learning from each others experiences. :)