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Cyber Safety for Students
Many students come to school with mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Many districts have bring your own device policies in place for those students to use in school. Although personal devices can help students complete schoolwork and stay in touch with family and friends, there are risks associated with using them. However, there are simple steps that can help students stay safe while using their internet-connected devices.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommends reviewing the following resources for more information on cyber safety for students:

  • Stop.Think.Connect. Toolkit
  • Stay Safe Online
  • Before You Connect a New Computer to the Internet
  • Keeping Children Safe Online
  • Rethink Cyber Safety Rules and the “Tech Talk” with Your Teens
  • Concerned Parent’s Internet Safety Toolbox
  • Internet Safety Programs

    What do you find useful?!
    If you have found a good program to add to the list below, please send an email to the NHDOE Office of Educational Technology with the name of the program and the website address.

    What Happens Online in 60 Seconds
    What happens on the Internet in 60 seconds

    What Happens Online in 60 Seonds from CleanCutMedia.com

    Cybersecurity deals with the protection of internet-connected systems, including hardware, software and data, against cyberattack from outside sourcess. Cybersecurity is increasingly more important as more systems become interconnected through the internet. Student and staff personal data needs to be protected against attack for security and privacy reasons. Without a solid understanding or consideration of cybersecurity, districts, schools, and homes are open for easy attack.

    Digital Citizenship
    A major factor in using the internet safely, whether you are an educator, a parent, or a student, is to practice good digital citizenship. Developing good digital citizenship skills in New Hampshire is one of the goals of our ICT Literacy Standards.

    Student Data Privacy Information
    A major factor in using the internet safely, whether you are an educator, a parent, or a student, is to practice good digital citizenship. Developing good digital citizenship skills in New Hampshire is one of the goals of our ICT Literacy Standards.

    Internet Safety Infographics

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    7 Top Internet Safety Infographics on graphs.net

    What is Digital Citizenship


    #DigCitCommit Virtual Conference
    Watch Day 1, Tuesday, February 11, 2020 on YouTube.
    Watch Day 1, Tuesday, February 11, 2020 on YouTube.

    A Positive way to define Digital Citizenship
    Inclusive: I am open to hearing and respectfully recognizing multiple viewpoints and I engage with others online with respect and empathy.
    Informed: I evaluate the accuracy, perspective, and validity of digital media and social posts.
    Engaged: I use technology and digital channels for civic engagement, to solve problems and be a force for good in both physical and virtual communities.
    Balanced: I make informed decisions about how to prioritize my time and activities online and off.
    Alert: I am aware of my online actions, and know how to be safe and create safe spaces for others online.

    Student Data Privacy Information

    New Hampshire Student Privacy Alliance
    The NH CTO Council is proud to be the founders of the New Hampshire K-12 student (and staff) data privacy alliance! Weighing several key and critical factors such as timely program rollout, ability to scale resources to support the first-year ramp up, prior experience with the systems and procedures, and member support, have led them to contract with The Education Coop (TEC) of MA for this work. TEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which has been providing support to Massachusetts districts since 1968. They began working with student data privacy in 2016 and are ready, willing and able to onboard other states. Several years ago, TEC engaged the services of a legal firm licensed in NH, with experts in the field of Education Law, for contract negotiations; hired a dedicated, experienced contract administrator; and partnered with SDPC. They have the process in place to handle New Hampshire’s schools and the contacts and resources to onboard us efficiently. This turn-key process is critical to the success of this project.

    Access 4 Learning Consortium
    The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) and Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, together with several Partners, will be hosting two days of “tactical” data interoperability and privacy conversations with real-world work products. While many are focused on managing the interoperability and privacy of student data, only A4L is addressing both in the same place at the same time.

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    For Educators

    New Hampshire Student Data Privacy Alliance
    The New Hampshire CTO Council founded the New Hampshire K-12 student (and staff) data privacy alliance! Weighing several key and critical factors such as timely program rollout, ability to scale resources to support the first-year ramp up, prior experience with the systems and procedures, and member support, led them to contract with The Education Coop (TEC) of Massachusetts for this work. .

    Common Sense Media
    Visit this website for information, education, and an independent voice for kids to thrive in a world of media and technology. This organization recognizes that children often spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development.

    The DQ Institute!
    DQ Institute™ is an international think tank committed to improving digital education, culture and innovation through cross-sector collaborations, global dialogue and big data research. Originally founded as a spin-off organization from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and infollutionZERO in South Korea, it is a not-for-profit charitable organization in the United States, Singapore and Korea.

    CyberSmart! fosters 21st century skills to increase student engagement and prepare students to achieve in today's digital society.

    Digital Citizenship
    Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use.

    ISTE Standards
    ISTE developed the ISTE Standards (formerly known as the NETS) with input from the field and pioneered their use among educators. The ISTE Standards are the standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age and are widely recognized and adopted worldwide. The family of ISTE Standards work together to transform education.

    Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World
    Our Space is a set of curricular materials designed to encourage high school students to reflect on the ethical dimensions of their participation in new media environments. Through role-playing activities and reflective exercises, students are asked to consider the ethical responsibilities of other people, and whether and how they behave ethically themselves online.

    NetSmartz Workshop
    NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.



    For Parents & Guardians

    Connect with your Kids
    From NH Department of Justice, Connect with your Kids provides tips and information about internet safety. The Internet Safety Guide helps kids and their parents to become more aware of ways to keep safe while using the Internet.

    A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
    From United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Division, the site offers tips for staying safe online. A printable version of the guide is available.

    A Parent's Guide to Social Media
    Parenting New Hampshire recently published, A Parent's Guide to Social Media, to help parents who often wonder what their kids are doing on social media and how to create healthy habits around this growing technology. Author Kyrsten Godfrey Maddox interviewed Heather Inyart, Media Power Youth's executive director, and talked about strategies parents can use to navigate their children's media use.

    Teenangels are a group of thirteen to eighteen year old volunteers that have been specially trained in all aspects of online safety, privacy and security. The Teenangels run unique programs in schools to spread the word about responsible and safe surfing to other teens and younger kids, parents, and teachers. Teenangels is a division of WiredSafety.org

    GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be just "one click away" from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family's use of the Internet. More information is available. GetNetWise is a project of the Internet Education Foundation.

    Internet Safety 101
    Internet Safety 101 is a widely-renowned program of Enough is Enough. This resource and teaching series paints a comprehensive picture of the dangers children encounter online. Through the Internet Safety 101SM program, EIE strives to educate and empower parents, educators and other caring adults with the information they need to effectively protect children from Internet dangers.



    For Students

    SafeKids.com is one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety. It’s founder and editor, Larry Magid, is the author of the original National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s 1994 brochure, “Child Safety on the Information Highway.” He is co-director of ConnectSafely.org and a technology journalist.

    Wired Safety
    WiredSafety is the largest and oldest online safety, education, and help group in the world. Originating in 1995 as a group of volunteers rating websites, it now provides one-to-one help, extensive information, and education to cyberspace users of all ages on a myriad of Internet and interactive technology safety, privacy and security issues. These services are offered through a worldwide organization comprised entirely of unpaid volunteers who administer specialized websites, resources and programs.

    A free educational resource from Carnegie Mellon University, MySecureCyberspace gives you security solutions for the way you use the Internet. Tell us what you do online and where you access the Internet from, and we can give you a customized profile of your security needs – what to look out for and how to protect yourself. If you are a beginner, we can walk you through the simple steps you can take to secure your cyberspace. And if your knowledge of network security is more advanced, we provide in-depth exploration of security issues and defenses.

    Cybersafety: An Interactive Guide to Staying Safe On the Internet
    The Internet is without a doubt one of the best resources available to us. Unfortunately it’s also extremely dangerous if you aren’t aware of who and what lurks behind the scenes. Everyone should know how to be safe when surfing the web, but internet safety tips and tricks are spread out all over the web without a go-to resource. Since the majority of internet scam and virus victims are students and young people, Open Colleges is a perfect place to post the very first full guide to being safe on the internet.





    Last updated February 13, 2020