Resources to Develop Cyber-Savvy Skills

Critical Thinking & Web Research Skills

What skills do our students need in this digital world? ISTE (International Society of Technology Educators) and Microsoft developed this document to help teachers teach medial literacy. There is a bit of Microsoft product endorsement but the concepts and resources are excellent.

Changes to "surfing the net" - Security, "Cloud Computing", Tips, Cyber-Savvy Info - all done in a neat book format.

Digital Citizenship

Invest 83 seconds to view this remarkable digital story created by Rosalind Robb – a LwICT Consultant for Manitoba Education:

Not only does this video have an important message, but it is constructed with the following elements that exemplify good teaching practices:
  • engaging students by using freeware or open source software (such as iMovie or Photo Story 3) so students may also work at home to improve such projects;
  • showcasing Creative Commons licensed Flickr images;
  • incorporating background music that students enjoy using appropriate crediting processes;
  • demonstrating the creative use of the Ken Burns effect;
  • providing a detailed “credits screen” which viewers can use to investigate video elements; and
  • sharing the video via YouTube so that other students and teachers can benefit.

Thanks to Brian Metcalfe for the description of the above video - read more about Brian in the Life Long Learners Section below

Creative Commons - Images Presentation

Finding Free Images with Flickr Creative Commons from Brain Slides on Vimeo.

Life Long Learners

The following is from Brian Metcalfe's Blog - Life-Long-Learners:

As I was preparing and researching the previous blog entry entitled “Privacy, Pedagogy, and Pizza”, I found a series of resources that I thought educators might fund useful. Rather than extend the previous blog entry with an extensive bibliography, I thought it might be better to provide such resources for educators in a separate list. In addition, I would hope that if the reader finds additional resources that educators can use when discussing privacy issues, s/he will share them. If one clicks on the title of an individual blog entry and then scrolls to the bottom of the article, one can use the Comment Submission form to provide feedback or share additional privacy resources with me. I will then add such submissions to this privacy bibliography so that our community of like-minded educators can all benefit.

Lesson Plans/Activities:
  • “Privacy Playground: The First Adventure of the Three CyberPigs” (for students aged 8 - 10) from the Media Awareness Network –
  • “Privacy and Internet Life” (for Grades 7 & 8 students) from the Media Awareness Network –
  • “Who Knows? Your Privacy in the Information Age?” (for Grades 8 – 10 students) from the Media Awareness Network –
  • “The Privacy Dilemma: Lesson Plan” (for Grades 9 – 12) from the Media Awareness Network –
  • “CyberSmart! Safety and Security Online – Social Networking” – Lesson plan resources –
  • “Feel-Good Friday” – Classroom activity to simulate social networking and video from the Primary Bits and Bytes blog –
  • “Social Networking Resources and Planning Notes” -

Web Sites:

[FYI: In order to utilize less space in this blog entry, I have used the TinyURL ( web resource. This product takes long, complex web addresses or Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) and reduces them to a shorter, more manageable, coded addresses to the same web sites. Readers my find this tool useful whenever they need to send email containing long, complex web addresses (which may wrap into additional lines and tend to be unreliable when copied and pasted into one's browser.]
Take care & keep smiling

About Brian
A retired computer/technology education consultant for the Winnipeg School Division (in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), I was the creator and editor of a monthly, educational newsletter entitled “Bits and Bytes“. This newsletter’s focus was “to provide educators with tips and techniques to help them integrate technology to enhance learning in K-12 classrooms”.
When I recently retired, many of my colleagues asked if I would continue writing and publishing “Bits and Bytes”. After 23 years as editor, I had to admit that, unfortunately, I would be unable to do so. I explained that it was the interaction with students and educators, in my role as an educational consultant, which afforded me wonderful opportunities to learn and to share. Often an innocent question would lead to the development of an article which would be shared with others through our newsletter medium. However, when I first began investigating blogs, I decided that perhaps the two-way opportunity for sharing ideas and gaining reader feedback through comments might help provide the necessary stimulus for me to share educational ideas and resources. With this in mind, we created our “Life-Long-Learners” blog. I trust that the articles and resources, together with our readers’ reflections and comments, can provide a beneficial and useful web resource for K-12 educators.

Teaching Cyber-Safety Resources:

  • **The Door that is Not Locked - Teacher's Site**: On this website you will find a variety of resources and tools to help teach your students about Internet safety. From learning more about the popular online activities your students are using, to better understanding online risks and trends, this site will provide you with all the educational materials needed to help you teach your students ways they can protect themselves and stay safe while online.
  • Connect Safely
  • Connect Safely - Directory of Resources
  • Common Sense Media - for Educators: From cyberbullying to cell phones, media is central to being a kid today. Use this FREE parent media education program to get parents, educators, and your community talking about how to raise safe, smart and responsible media creators and consumers. SJR has a school account. Speak with Phil ( for further information.
  • ****WiredSafety:**** Large collection of resources
  • Digital Footprints - What kind of Footprint do you leave behind?
  • Media Literacy - Digital Natives are not media literate with out assistance
  • Digital Citizen Video Resources
  • Collection of Internet Safety Videos at all age levels
  • Cyber Savvy site PBS KIDS GO! that gives kids 8- to 10-year-old an opportunity to have some fun while exploring what it means to be a citizen in a web-infused‚ information-rich world.
  • 29 Steps to Internet Safety for Kids

What are your family values that you want your children to learn?

Parent Tips: - Canadian Content
  • Kids often pretend like they don’t want to hear your advice or your input, but they do. Don’t stop asking questions and never stop talking.
  • Talking to other parents/teachers about your experiences will help you deal with issues more easily. There are an abundance of parental resources on the web
  • Take note of any serious changes in your child’s behaviour. Reoccurring patterns of lying, deception, mood swings, and/or violence is indicative of a problem.
  • Children need to be listened to and believed. Children are more likely to cover up abuse than to lie about it. So if they do come to you with a confession, listen to them and understand what it is they have to say.

PBS Frontline - Digital Nation