Digital Citizenship & Online Safety


Blogs and Podcasts

 Blog (RSS) Readers 

Desktop RSS Readers
Omea ReaderRSS Owl
Web-Based RSS Readers
FeedreaderFeedlyNewsBlur
Chrome RSS Readers
FeedlyGoogle RSS Subscription ExtensionInoreaderRSS Feed ReaderSlick RSS
iPad/mobile RSS Readers
FeedlyFlipboardNet News WireNewsBlur
Browser Addon RSS Readers
Feedly (FF) — RSS Toolbar (IE) — Sage (FF)
Browsers with readers built-in
FirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari

RSS Readers, also called RSS Readers or Feed Aggregators, are a way of seeing updates in all your favorite blogs and news sites in one place instead of having to check them one by one. The feed reader checks each site for you automatically and fetches back anything new for your perusal.

 Blog Hosts 

General Blog Hosts
BloggerPenzu (private by default) — Twitter (microblogging) — WordPress
Free Hosts for Educators
EduBlogsEdmodo (microblogging) — Weebly for Education

 General Information 

The Edublog Weblog Awards
Awards for scholarly and education focused bloggers.
The Edublogger
Blog with hints and tips for teachers using blogs and other web 2.0 tools.
EFF: Legal Guide for Bloggers
Guide from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
RSS in Plain English
A short explanation of RSS and how it helps you save time reading the web in a short (4 minute) video.
A Short Guide to Terms Commonly Used in Blogging
A list of terminology and definitions for terms related to blogging.

 Podcasts and Podcasting 

see also: Audio Editors

How To Podcast
The definitive step-by-step guide on how to podcast without breaking the bank. Includes nice tutorial on using the popular free audio editing program Audacity.
ipadio free; online, iPhone, Android
ipadio allows you to broadcast from any phone to the Internet live. Phone blog, collect audio data, record and update the world, or simply let your mates know what you’re doing.
Juice Receiver free; multiplatform
Want to listen to internet audio programs but can’t when they are scheduled? This program lets you create your own custom online audio anytime, anywhere.
Podcast Pizazz
Links to the notes and files for a workshop on podcasting by Michael McGuhlin. Very thorough.
Podcasting Legal Guide
Information on copyright for podcasters, including sources of ‘podsafe’ music and options for licensing your own ‘casts. From the Creative Commons organization.
Podcasts
Internet ArchiveiTunesLearnOutLoudOpen Culture
Podcast Search
GetAPodcastPodcast AlleyPodcast Search Service

 A Few Fun Sites with RSS and Other Feeds 

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Astronomy Picture of the DayAPOD RSS feedAPOD on TwitterAPOD Facebook pageAPOD iPhone app
Britannica (Encyclopaedia)
Britannica.comBritannica on TwitterBritannica Facebook pageBritannica YouTube page
The Daily Puppy
The Daily Puppy blogDaily Puppy RSS feedDaily Puppy on TwitterDaily Puppy Facebook pageDaily Puppy iPhone app
The Daily Kitten
The Daily KittenDaily Kitten RSS feed
Earth Science Picture of the Day
Earth Science Picture of the DayEPOD RSS feedEPOD on TwitterEPOD Facebook page
Free Technology for Teachers
Free Technology for Teachers blogFree Tech 4 Teachers RSS feedFree Tech 4 Teachers on TwitterFree Tech 4 Teachers on Facebook
Irish and Celtic Music Podcast
Irish and Celtic Music PodcastIrish and Celtic Music RSS feedIrish and Celtic Music on iTunes
Merriam-Webster Word of the Day
Merriam-Webster Word of the Day blogM-W WotD RSS feedM-W WotD on TwitterM-W WotD on Facebook
New York Times
New York TimesNY Times RSS feedNY Times Twitter feedNY Times on FacebookNY Times podcastsmore NY Times RSS feeds
Seton Catholic Central
Seton Catholic Central websiteSCC Twitter feedSCC Facebook page
Smithsonian
Smithsonian MuseusmsSmithsonian MagazineSmithsonian RSS feedsSmithsonian Twitter feedSmithsonian on FacebookSmithsonian on Pinterest
TED Talks
TED Talks websiteTED Talks BlogTED Talks on TwitterTED Talks FacebookTED Radio HourTED Talks iTunes podacstTED Talks on YouTube
USA.gov
USA.gov websiteUSA.gov BlogUSA.gov RSS feedUSA.gov on TwitterUSA.gov on Facebook

Cyber Bullying

Cyberbullying
Set of pages from stopbullying.gov specifically about cyberbullying and cyberbullying prevention.
CyberBullying.ca
Information about what cyberbullying is and how to deal with it, from a Canadian teacher.
cyberbullying.us
A central repository and information clearinghouse for the phenomenon of cyberbullying.
Digizen
Provides information … of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS. It shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying….
ebrary: Cyber Bullying
A collection of free books and government documents about cyber bullying.
Embrace Civility in the Digital Age
Formerly known as the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, this site promotes approaches to address youth well-being and risk in the digital age in a manner that promotes positive norms, increases effective skills and resiliency, and encourages young people to be helpful allies who positively intervene when they witness peers being hurt or at risk.
NetSmartz
Site dealing with all aspects of online safety, including cyberbullying, identity theft, and privacy issues.
Rosen CyberSmarts
Five interactive eBooks for grades 7–12 will simulate a real-life Internet experience within the safety of an instructional, guided, and fun platform. … The goal of this series is to create savvy cybercitizens who don’t fear the Internet, but can make informed and sophisticated decisions every time they sign on. (See librarian for password.)

Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Media
Tips, articles, and research materials on Digital Citizenship and related topics for parents and teachers. They also offer a set of free iBook textbooks on digital literacy themes via the iTunes store.
Digital Citizenship
Do you want to get the best out of using the internet and keep yourself and others safe and healthy in an online world? Use these materials to learn what it takes to become a positive digital citizen.
Digital Citizenship: Using Technology Appropriately
Links to sites and articles on the topic of digital citizenship for parents and teachers. Includes a nice Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship summary.
Digital Citizenship (wiki)
This is a resource for grade level teachers to prepare students to use technology appropriately and being mindful of the citizenship skills they already possess.
Digital Citizenship Resources
The area of inquiry described as ‘digital citizenship’ is vast, and can be approached from many perspectives. The purpose of this wiki is to provide links to resources attributed to many areas related to digital citizenship.
Digital Citizenship Resources (Livebinder)
Resources for students and teachers, organized by grade.
Digital Compass
An animated choose-your-own adventure interactive, gaming platform, developed with middle schoolers in mind. Students step into the shoes of one of eight characters to experience the twists and turns of daily digital life.
Digiteen: Digital Etiquette
Digital etiquette, or netiquette as its sometimes called, is a basic set of rules you should follow in order to make the internet better for others, and better for you.
Ethics in Computing
Links about various computer use and ethics issues, from free speech to intellectual property to commerce to privacy, among others.
Five Minute Film Festival: Digital Citizenship
A set of short films intended for teachers to use to start class discussions, but of use to all.
NetFamilyNews
Informative blog with news about online issues for parents and others.
Net Manners
All about etiquetter in email (and other digial communications).
Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment
Test your knowledge and skill with computers and standard programs with this set of free online self-tests.
Rosen Digital Literacy
Database articles explore cyberbullying, digital etiquette, career information and preparedness, various digital platforms, and technology’s biggest movers and shakers. (See librarian for password.)

Facebook Safety

Facebook Safety
Keep your private information private and protect yourself from spammers and bots.

GetNetWise
The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be only ‘one click away’ from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family’s use of the Internet.
Instagram

History of Computing

The Cathedral and the Bazaar
Eric Raymond’s famous essay on the open-source software movement. Other works by the prominent programmer and open source advocate may be found under Eric’s Random Writings.
Computer Desktop Encyclopedia
Online dictionary of over 25,000 computer and related terms.
Computer History
From the Computer Hope tech support site, a history of the modern computer and the poeple involved in its creation.
Computer History Mueeum
A museum devoted to the history and artifacts of the information age.
Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future
“Everything from copyright and DRM to the layout of phone-keypads, the fallacy of the semantic web, the nature of futurism, the necessity of privacy in a digital world, the reason to love Wikipedia, the miracle of fanfic, and many other subjects” from author Cory Doctorow. There are also some short articles available on the same website.
FreeTechBooks.com
This site lists free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet.
The Hacker Crackdown
Bruce Sterling’s account of law enforcement’s crackdown on hackers in the early 90’s and the birth of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
History of Social Media 1978-2012 (infographic)
The timeline stretches all the way back to 1978, when Ward Christensen and Randy Suess created the first computerized bulletin board system (CBBS) to make announcements and plan meetups with friends; and continues through the Facebook IPO in 2012.
How the Web Was Won
An oral history project from Vanity Fair. Includes transcripts and links to videos.
In the Beginning Was The Command Line
Neal’s Stephenson’s 1999 essay about the history and future of computing.
The Law of Cyberspace
2005 analysis of security and insecurity on the web. (.pdf)
Lawrence Lessig: Free Books
Professor and activist Lawrence Lessig offers his books Free Culture and Code 2.0 for free download.
OnlineProgrammingBooks.com
Details about free computer books, free ebooks, free online books and sample chapters related to Information Technology, Computer Science, Internet, Business, Marketing, Maths, Physics and Science which are provided by publishers or authors on their websites legally and free of charge.
The Psychology of Cyberspace
Online book which explores the psychological aspects of environments created by computers and online networks.

Identity Theft

FTC – Identify Theft
A one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft from the Federal Trade Commission.
Fighting Identity Theft: A Guide
Links to resources on various aspects of preventing, identifying, and dealing with identity theft.
Identity Theft and Fraud
Information from the Department of Justice, including what to do if you become a victim.
Identity Theft: It’s Bigger Than You Think
An informative Infographic from Angela Myers.
Identity Theft Resource Center
ITRC is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and implementing a comprehensive program against identity theft — by supporting victims, broadening public awareness, disseminating information about this crime and decreasing the potential victim population.
Identify Theft Warning Signs
Identity theft is like cancer. If you catch it early enough then you can mitigate most of the damage, but if you ignore the warning signs until it’s too late then your life just might be ruined. … Keep your eyes open for these warning signs to best protect your money.
OnGuard Online.gov
Provides practical tips … to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: Identity Theft & Data Breaches
Fact sheets, alerts, speeches, articles, and links with information pertaining to identity theft.
Safeguard Your Social Security Number
Do you have to provide your SSN because it’s requested, and if not, how do you know which situations are optional? … Someone illegally using your number can access personal information and apply for and use credit in your name, creating a financial mess that you’re left to sort out.

Online Privacy & Safety

BBC: WebWise
This BBC’s guide to using the internet is a good place to learn about email, searching, e-business, security, basics of web design, and more.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
Connect Safely
ConnectSafely.org is for … everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web and mobile technology. Here you’ll find tips, safety advice, articles, news, analysis, video and other resources to promote safe and productive use of connected technology.
GetNetWise
The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be only ‘one click away’ from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family’s use of the Internet.
Gizmo’s Tech Support Alert – Computer Security Guides and Articles
This is a list of guides, how-to articles and other useful items that deal with computer security.
iKeepSafe
iKeepSafe consults with organizations, industry leaders and international government leaders to develop and distribute K-12 educational materials within their own markets. A number of free materials are available on the website, including a selection of digital literacy and online safety Videos.
Microsoft Safety & Security Center
Information on hardware and software security, password security, identify theft, and more.
NetSmartz
The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource … for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.
NS Teens
From the Net Smartz folks, a great site just for teens with videos, games, quizzes, and online comics about digital citizenship, online safety, bullying, and more.
OnGuard Online.gov
OnGuard Online provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer and protect your personal information. Includes lots of helpful downloads and guides, including the Net Cetera booklet for parents.
Oversharing: “Think Before You Post”
An animated music video about being safe on social media.
Own Your Space–Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online
A free online booklet for Internet savvy ‘tweens’ & teens, and their parents or educators.
Passwords
Phishing
Article from the FTC discussing phishing scams designed to steal credit card, bank card, or other personal information. More articles, blog posts, and videos are also available via tag phishing.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
This organization has among its goals to raise consumers’ awareness of how technology affects personal privacy. They have guides on a variety of privacy-related topics including online privacy, identity theft, and other issues.
Protect Your Kids Online
Links to resources on online safety for kids and their parents. Organized by topic.
Rosen CyberSmart eBooks
Five interactive eBooks for grades 7–12 will simulate a real-life Internet experience within the safety of an instructional, guided, and fun platform. … The goal of this series is to create savvy cybercitizens who don’t fear the Internet, but can make informed and sophisticated decisions every time they sign on. (SCC students: ask librarian for password.)
ScamBusters.org
Lots of great resources on how to avoid the most popular scams,identity theft threats, viruses and urban legends making the rounds.
Stay Safe Online
Information for consumers, parents and children, educators, and others about online safety. Includes a self-assessment quiz.
ThinkUKnow
Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. With sections for various age groups, parents, and teachers.
What is A Man-In-The-Middle Attack?
A man-in-the-middle attack is difficult to identify and defend against. MITM attacks generally don’t depend on infecting computers on either end of the system. Instead, they depend on controlling the communications equipment between two systems. For example, a malicious router offering free Wi-Fi in a public location may perform a man-in-the-middle attack….
Wi-Fi Safety
Yahoo! Safety Center
News, reviews, and information on computer security, including email, passwords, privacy, online safety, and viruses and spyware, among other topics.

Social Media

Aunt Lee’s Social Networking Quiz
Watch a short video and take a quiz to test your social networking smarts.
Connect Safely
ConnectSafely is for parents, teens, educators, advocates – everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web. … ConnectSafely also has all kinds of social-media safety tips for teens and parents, the latest youth-tech news, and many other resources.
Facebook Safety
Keep your private information private and protect yourself from spammers and bots.

GetNetWise
The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be only ‘one click away’ from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family’s use of the Internet.
Instagram
Online Reputation
Off the Record in a Chat App? Don’t Be Sure
What happens on the Internet stays on the Internet. Discusses how anything sent over a network can be saved and things once posted remain to be found.
Opt-Out of Google Using You in Their Ads
Angry that Google is planning on using your face and name for the sake of advertisements? Here’s how to make them not. (Oct. 2013)
Own Your Space
A free downloadable version of … ‘Own Your Space – Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online.’ Written for Internet savvy “tweens” and teens specifically, this book is also a useful resource for the adults they rely on.
Protecting Reputations Online in Plain English
Short video about how to protect your online reputation, from Common Craft.
Rosen CyberSmarts: Teens Using Social Networks
An interactive ebook about social networks, staying safe, avoiding bullies, and protecting your online reputation. (SCC students: ask librarian for password.)
Stay Safe Online
Information for consumers, parents and children, educators, and others about online safety. Includes a self-assessment quiz.
Student Social Media Guidelines
This document, the Student Social Media Guidelines (Guidelines) … provides information about how to use social media responsibly, both within and outside the school community. A useful summary from the New York City Dept. of Education.
ThinkUKnow
Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. With sections for various age groups, parents, and teachers.
Your Online Footprint
What information can people find out about you online? What can you do to reduce the chances of future schools or employers seeing pages you might be embarrassed about? Here are some tips for controlling what gets put on your permanent online record:…
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