What are you doing on Data Privacy Day?

DPD_banner-300x250Data Privacy Day is just around the corner — January 28. What a good time to do something about protecting your personal information, online and off. Start with the library’s Hot Topic – Computer, Tablets & the Internet (located under Technology subject) While there play the password game Are you Hackable or Uncrackable? located on the Internet tab. You will learn how to create a strong password. So take  the password challenge and challenge your friends too!  Then change your passwords!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

cyberbullyingBullying is all around us, so this October join us in National Bullying Prevention Month. Visit the Hot Topic – Cyber Bullying and check out all the resources about bullying and cyber bullying including the October is National Bullying Prevention Month. There you will find coloring pages, quizzes, games, books, book club ideas, trustworthy websites, fun stuff and cool tools to use with students and adults.

So start a campaign to Delete Cyber Bullying – Don’t Write It – Don’t Forward It

Are you being stalked?

stalking2If you are being stalked, you are not alone. Four years ago, the U.S. Government issued a 12-month period report on people who said they were being stalked. What were their findings?


Do you feel the number of people being stalked today is greater than in 2009?

To read the full report see Stalking Victimization in the United States

Library Resources to learn more:

SOPA Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the SOPA protests, research recently passed internet laws and devise a plan of action to prevent illegal activity online.

View the video SOPA Protests by MSNBC

Discussion Guide

Lesson Plan 1- SOPA Protest

Objective:  Students will research the SOPA protests and write a mock news article on the issue

Lesson Plan 2- Internet Laws

Objective:  Students will research and write a summary of a recently passed internet law of their choice

Lesson Plan 3- Ending Internet Piracy

Objective:  Students will work in groups to devise a plan of action to stop/prevent/reduce illegal internet activity

21st Century Core Content
Government and Civics

21st Century Themes
Global Awareness
Civic Literacy

21st Century Skills
Think Creatively
Work Creatively With Others
Reason Effectively
Make Judgments and Decisions
Solve Problems
Communicate Clearly
Collaborate with Others
Work Independently
Be Self-directed Learners
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Produce Results
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others

Additional Resources:
SOPA, PIPA: What you need to know by CBS News
SOPA and PIPA Postponed Indefinitely after Protests by CNN
American Censorship.org
Internet Laws by Lawguru.com
Internet Laws by The National Academies

Additional Resources from U.S. History in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context:
Internet  Topic Page
Boycott Forces Go Daddy to Stop Supporting SOPA
In Turkey, Proposed Internet Filters Stir Protests
The Political Power of Social Media
FCC Set to Back Internet Traffic Rules
Who’s Tracking You Online?

BeSeen: How to use Social Media Safely

Did you know that nearly three quarters (73%) of teens are on a social networking site? Also according to recent research, a staggering 55% of teens have given out personal information to someone they didn’t know, and 56% of teens say they’ve been the target of some form of online harassment. With statistics like these, it is vital for teens and parents to learn how to use social networking sites in ways that promote positive online activities and prevent incidents of identity theft, social engineering and cyberbullying.

Carnegie Cyber Academy now has an app called BeSeen available in the Apple App Store, designed for the iPhone and compatible with the iPad. It will also become available for Android devices in December of this year. This app is designed for grades 6 and up and simulates a social networking site to teach teens about the cyber threats they may find on such websites. And, of course, the app is fun, so check it out!

For parents and teacher there is a classroom user guide and lesson plans, which can be found at: www.playbeseen.com.