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5 Questions to Get Students Thinking Critically About Spam

Elena Ontiveros Elena Ontiveros May 31, 2016

spam_email_image.jpgSpam can be hard to navigate at any age, but especially so for digital natives who tend to be more trusting of their online interactions. While email and messaging providers try to filter junk mail, scammers are getting more clever and their tricks more subtle. Just because a message reaches your inbox doesn’t mean it’s safe.

It’s especially important to teach kids how to identify potentially dangerous emails. In the “Share Spam With Students” lesson plan on her blog Teacher Talk, Alice Keeler asks students to look at everything from spelling to URLs to help identify whether a message is legitimate. To try this digital citizenship activity in your classroom, use Keeler’s checklist of clues and these five questions to get your students thinking more critically:

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9 Tips to Safely Get the Most from Google Apps for Education

Rob Yoegel Rob Yoegel May 26, 2016

If your school has made the switch to Google Apps for Education or Google Classroom, it’s important to promote the value they will bring to teachers, parents, and students.

Mastering the basics is a great start, but be sure to focus on other areas, including new ways to enhance curriculum and engage students. Though most important, creating a safe online learning environment can be overlooked when implementing Google Apps for Education or Google Classroom.

Below are nine ways to help safely adopt Google Apps into your school.

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How Parents Can Keep Kids Safe Online

Hilary Smith April 12, 2016

When we became parents, we understood that we would need to protect our children. We read books on parenting, baby proofed the house, purchased bike helmets, and taught our children about stranger danger. These methods worked for our parents, so for a few years they gave us peace of mind.

Unfortunately, our parents didn’t have to prepare their children for the digital world of social media and Smartphones. As our children become digital citizens, keeping them safe becomes increasingly complicated. One area of concern for many parents in this day and age is online predators who are scouring the Internet and social media looking for their next victim.

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Three Online Risks That Most Parents Don’t Know About

Dr. Tracy Bennett December 14, 2015

I’m snuggled into bed at our family’s mountain cabin waiting for snow with anxious anticipation of the holidays. I smile as I reminisce about each child’s favorite toys over the years. The Christmas Eve when my husband and I were up ‘til 3 am constructing an insanely complex train table, the battery-operated Jeeps that were abandoned quickly when we realized they couldn’t propel up our wildly steep driveway, the hours spent figuring out the parental controls on shiny new Apple products. In some ways I’m grateful my kids are no longer little ones. Tonight my oldest made a yummy taco dinner and the two little ones did the dishes. The days are gone where my husband and I were run ragged finding binkies and chasing toddlers. They were precious for certain, but tonight I consider the cyber challenges parents are currently facing with their kids.

As an online safety expert and clinical psychologist, I have three real concerns about this year’s holiday purchases for babies, children, and teens that parents need to know about.

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Problems with Technology in the Classroom (and Solutions)

Cammie Allen December 09, 2015

Giving students access to technology empowers learning and expands knowledge, but also comes with potential risks of misuse—intentional or unintentional. So, to help you deal with fears about 1:1 technology in the classroom, we’ve listed some common scenarios you may face as an educator, and provided a few solutions for each.

As the first post in a two-part series, below are situations you may encounter mostly in the younger grade levels—K-6.

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