Video Library for Internet Safety, Netiquette, and Cyberbullying
Following is a list of videos that may be used in a library information literacy, guidance/life skills, or technology classroom for the elementary school grades. Since grades K-3 and 4-6 have a vastly different interest levels and information literacy levels, I chose to break the videos into two age groups. K-3 videos are more of an introduction to the topics and the 4-6 videos expand on prior knowledge and challenge the students to think about the issues more in depth. Internet safety, netiquette, and cyberbullying are issues that educators can introduce, teach, and reinforce throughout each grade level because students are developing their Internet skills and online presence with each year.
Video Library for Grades K-3
Video 1: Internet Safety for Kids
Indiana University of Pennsylvania produced video is part animation, part interaction with an adult explaining three rules of Internet safety:
- Do not share usernames and passwords with anyone.
- Do not type personal information on the Internet.
- Get permission from an adult before going on the Internet.
Video 2: BrainPOP Internet Safety
Although BrainPOP is a subscriber paid educational website, there are a number of free resources available including this animated video on Internet Safety. The video specifically addresses not corresponding with strangers in e-mails, in chat rooms, and in instant messaging sites. It also lists the personal information that students should not share with anyone.
The next three videos can be found on NetSmartzKids.org, which is funded by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Video 3: "Be Safer Online"
This short, animated rap video would be a great conclusion to a lesson on Internet Safety. Be Safer Online is a catchy phrase from the video that kids will remember after the class.
Video 4: "Bad Netiquette Stinks"
This is a 6:45 minute animated cartoon featuring Clicky as he tries to foil The Outlaws attempt to spread bad netiquette over the Internet. The cartoon will appeal to the K-3 age group and is a great video to start the conversation on what is netiquette.
Some school districts provide students with their own email accounts. If students don't have a district email account, then chances are they may have an account of their own. This video teaches what to do if they should ever receive an unsolicited and/or anonymous e-mail from a stranger.
Video Library for Grades 4-6
This short YouTube video is a great discussion starter for teaching students about pop-ups on the Internet and the potential ramifications. Since reading text and interpretation of visual cues is necessary, this video is best with upper elementary and even middle school students. WiredSafety.org produced the video and is an organization of volunteers dedicated to spreading the word about Internet safety and stopping cyberbulling.
This video provides tips on Internet safety as well as how to present oneself in social media. Watching this video involves reading text and understanding visual cues, so it is best for older students.
Video 8: BrainPOP "Digital Etiquette"
This video discusses the rule of netiquette and provides examples. Video has lesson activities, questions for discussion, and a POP quiz that students can take online.
Video 9: BrainPOP "Cyberbullying"
This video gives examples of the many ways a person can cyberbullying another person. The video also addresses how a person should react if he or she feels like they are a victim of cyberbullying. Lesson activities are also included with this video.
Video 10: Netsmartz.org "Profile Penalty"
This video is a great discussion starter to a lesson on the digital footprint. As students begin to use social networking sites, they also need to understand that not everything should be public information.