Today’s youth are increasingly living their lives online. What happens offline is reflected in the digital world, and vice-versa. Because our culture is becoming more and more digital, it is increasingly impossible to avoid participation in the digital environment. In the same way that it is essential to teach our children about safety in their physical environment, we must also teach them how to be safe digital citizens. Protecting the privacy, safety, and reputation of children means helping them understand how to avoid risks when using digital technology.
These reasons have motivated iKeepSafe’s partnership with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. iKeepSafe and Berkman have recently released the new Safety, Privacy, and Digital Citizenship curriculum for high school as part of their Digital Literacy Resource Platform. The curriculum, developed with iKeepSafe and guided by our Privacy Curriculum Matrix K-12 BEaPRO, helps students make informed choices on managing their personal information online. The curriculum covers topics including social media, surveillance, cyberbullying, sexting, and more. The curriculum outlines lesson plans, topics of discussion and debate, and a quiz to evaluate student comprehension.
An additional resource includes the edtech privacy checklist for educators. The checklist helps educators and administrators become more aware of the considerations they need to make when using educational technology in school.