Check it out: Webinar on how schools should teach kids about Internet safety

Educators and concerned parents should check out this upcoming webinar from the wonderful folks at Embracing Digital Youth. Their credentials, grounded approach and passion for teaching creative, respectful use of digital technologies are beyond reproach. Although the content is primarily aimed at U.S. schools dealing with new legislation, the underlying issues and recommendations are certain to be relevant for educators everywhere. This will be worth watching!

Embracing Digital Youth is proud to announce its first webinar. Through these webinars, Embracing Digital Youth will seek to help educators, mental health professionals, law enforcement, and  policy-makers engage in prevention and intervention activities that  are grounded in research insight, focus on influencing positive  behavior and implementing restorative practices, and encourage effective evaluation.

Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act: What Schools Must and Should Do

The webinar will be available for viewing in an archive shortly  after the live presentation. A companion 2-page Issue Brief will provide insight into    implementing the recommendations provided in the webinar.  Materials will be provided to support attendance at this webinar to  obtain Continuing Education Units.

  • What steps must a district take to be in full compliance with the new requirement to receive E-rate funding?
  • How should schools organize their efforts to respond to this new   instructional requirement?
  • What Internet safety issues must be addressed and what other issues should be addressed?
  • How can these issues be addressed in a manner that is effective  —      and does not raise fears that could undermine a district’s transition to a 21st Century learning environment?
  • What important role will school librarians play in the delivery of    professional development and instruction?
  • How should this instruction be incorporated into the school’s    safe school planning with respect to critical issues such as cyberbullying, cyber threats, and digital dating abuse?

The U.S. Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act added a provision to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requiring that schools receiving E-Rate funding provide students with instruction in  Internet safety, including cyberbullying and social networking safety. School agencies receiving E-rate funding must update their policy so they can certify they are providing Internet safety instruction, beginning with funding year 2012 (July).

This Webinar will provide recommendations on how districts can engage in effective multidisciplinary planning to ensure that the manner in which they will provide Internet safety instruction is grounded in accurate research insight, uses effective approaches to promote positive norms and transmit effective skills, and incorporates evaluation to ensure effectiveness.

Moderator: Nancy Willard, Director of Embracing Digital Youth, a program of  Center for Safe and Responsible Internet use, and author of Cyber Savvy: Embracing Digital Safety and Civility (2011, Corwin Press).


  • Mike Donlin, Program Supervisor in The School Safety Center of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for  Washington State.
  • Lisa Jones, Research Associate Professor of Psychology at the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Connie Williams, NBCT, Teacher Librarian, National Board Certified. Petaluma High School, California. Past President of the California School Library Association,
  • Eric Willard, Chief Technology Officer – Community Unit School District 300, Illinois.

Don’t miss out on this highly interactive webinar that will provide high quality, multidisciplinary insight for educators!

Our next webinar will be:

Positive Peer-based Approaches to Address Cyberbullying      

This webinar will take place on April 26th at 7:00 P.M. Eastern Time.

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