Here are the Provincial Learning Outcomes in British Columbia that I’ve found that related to digital responsibility, social responsibility and cyber-safety.There is a great progression of learning outcomes that progress in grade 1 from, “demonstrate an understanding of appropriate and inappropriate ways to express feelings” to grade 7 with “demonstrate behaviours that contribute to the prevention of stereotyping, discrimination, and bullying”. It helps us know as educators, what student knowledge we are building on from previous grade levels.
There are a number of great videos on YouTube that teachers can show to their students which would create a valuable discussion about CyberBullying. Here is one from England. I’d recommend watching this video in two parts as the ending may not be plausible to students.
These videos are targeted to parents wanting to learn more about how the various technologies like facebook photosharing work. There is also great value in sharing these with students as many of them don’t have correctly configured privacy settings.
In BC, the Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC) has licensed a program from the Media Awareness Network called Passport to the Internet. Be sure to check out the teacher’s guide that accompanies the resource.
“ An interactive Internet literacy tutorial that helps students develop the critical thinking skills they need to apply to their online experiences.
Using simulations of the most popular Internet environments, this interactive resource teaches students about online safety, authenticating online information, recognizing online marketing ploys, protecting their privacy, managing online relationships and dealing with cyberbullying. “
Students will need an account with LearnNowBC. Here is the direct link to the page with the access to the Passport to the Internet.
Policy and School Legal support
Schools should also know that our BC ministry has also put in place some great documents to support educators in ensuring that our schools are good learning environments. Be sure to check out the Safe Caring and Orderly School policy.
I’d be interested in learning more about how students are reacting to these resources. Are we meeting the needs?