Anytime I get a chance to hear a presentation by Dave Eisenmann and Lisa Carlson from the Minnetonka (MN) Schools, I do. At our state library/tech conference, I got a chance to attend the session catchin ^ W hi tek kdz about their district's efforts to educate both kids AND parents on Internet Safety issues. The handout is here. (BTW, NECC conference planners, this would make a great session for an international audience.)
My big take-away from Dave and Lisa's talk was how they help students maintain an awareness of their online image and reputation by teaching them to create Google Alerts with their names and communities. This is like automating Googling-yourself so you don't have to remember to do it on a regular basis. While I have read about the need for professionals and schools to do this, I applaud the Minnetonkans for extending the practice to students as well. Today's kids will be Googled by potential employers and colleges (and romantic partners) far more than our generation will be.
What does Google say about you?
Oh, Dave and Lisa also showed Cyberbullying- Talent Show, a commercial by the Ad Council. Very powerful and well worth sharing with students and teachers.