Intel Security in partnership with Discovery Education has released a new, web-based cyberethics module for students aged 8-11 as part of the Intel Security Digital Safety Program, a three-year national education initiative designed to teach children to “Think Before You Link” and make safer decisions when using the internet. The first and only Discovery Education-supported initiative focusing on cybersecurity education, the Intel Security Digital Safety Program offers educators, students and parents important tips and strategies to help protect their devices and personal information while online.
Similar to the cybersafety and cybersecurity modules that launched earlier this year, the new cyberethics module consists of student-facing, self-paced interactive activities for grades 3-5, an educator guide and a companion parent module. Through participation in the cyberethics module, students will learn how to act more responsibly online, and explore important concepts such as cyberbullying, plagiarism and importance of creating a positive digital footprint. The module is divided into the following three topics:
· Respecting Everyone Online – Students are reminded that the people they connect with online are real people with real feelings and reputations to protect. Students are introduced to the term cyberbullying, which is a very serious problem online that can upset and frighten those who are being targeted. Students learn what cyberbullying is, what to do if they are cyberbullied, and what they can do to avoid taking part in cyberbullying behavior.
· Respecting Others’ Online Property – Students are likely aware that they can download all kinds of digital content from the internet. But they may not be aware that it is unethical, and in some cases illegal, to take, download or reuse digital content that belongs to others without getting permission from and/or crediting the original owner. Students will learn that digital content belongs to the person or group that created or purchased it, which means non-owners need permission to use it. Students will be introduced to term copyright and learn about the importance of checking websites for copyright lines. Participants will also learn how to create a reference for online citations – an important skill as students are using web-based sources to complete homework assignments. Tips for using digital content safely and legally will also be shared.
· Creating a Positive Digital Footprint - Students will be introduced to the term digital footprint, the data that is left behind by users on digital services, and learn the “dos” and “don’ts” for creating a positive digital footprint by being respectful of themselves and others online. They will learn that sharing parts of their lives – photos, videos, and posts – is a great way to connect with friends and family; however, that what they share can be viewed by people they don’t know, and once posted online could be there forever.
The Intel Security Digital Safety Program provides educators with standards-aligned resources, including self-paced lessons for use in the classroom to help engage students on timely, relevant topics like internet safety and security. At the conclusion of each module, students will receive certificate confirming they’ve completed the program and have acknowledged that they will act as a responsible cyber citizen. Additionally, parents can access the program’s at-home family resources to further reinforce the importance of online safety to their children.
Through Intel Security and Discovery Education’s partnership, the Intel Security Digital Safety Program will offer resources designed to teach students ages 8-11 in the United States and Canada the importance of online privacy and strategies for keeping certain types of personally identifiable information (PII) private, create stronger passwords and better protect themselves against cyberbullies. In the partnership’s second year, the program will expand to reach ages 11-14, and in its third year the program will expand internationally to offer its resources in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Since program launch on November 13, 2014, more than 338,000 students and 900 parents in the U.S. and Canada have engaged in the Intel Security Digital Safety Program modules.
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Source: Intel Security, intelsecurity.com