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.