Omaha Public Schools resource for
Digital Literacy & Citizenship, Internet Safety, and Cyber bullying.
The Omaha Public School District and The
Sherwood Foundation have an extensive partnership with Common Sense Media that
provides educational resources on Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety and
Security, Research, Privacy, and Information Literacy to our students,
parents, teachers, schools, and community. Common
Sense Media, a national not for profit company based in San Francisco,
California, is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and their families by
providing the trustworthy information, educational resources, and an
independent voice needed to thrive in our digital world.
To ensure Omaha Public
Schools’ compliance with federal CIPA and E-rate regulations
and standardize delivery of Common Sense Media’s
Digital Literacy & Citizenship resources district-wide.
Matrix. An implementation guideline that
identifies specific K-12 lessons and designated staff for instructional
Curriculum. Common Sense Media's free Digital Literacy &
Citizenship Curriculum is the required resource as it provides Omaha Public Schools
all resources needed to educate students about the three CIPA required topics:
1) appropriate online behavior, 2) safety and privacy, and 3) cyberbullying.
The curriculum contains 65 developmentally appropriate lessons (5 per
grade level) and are complete with supporting student handouts, videos,
assessments, and parent tips. Click the scope and sequence to view Common Sense Media's entire comprehensive curriculum. Each
lesson is paced at 45 minutes and can be customized to fit the teacher,
student, and school building needs. The lessons below are linked to the
Common Sense Media lesson web page for your easy access and viewing.
Matrix PDF Downloadable link - MATRIX - CSM final matrix for web.jpg
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Sharing pictures of our kids with friends and family is one of the most popular uses of social media and has become an everyday way to stay in touch. But it's worth knowing the facts before posting pictures or letting other people post pictures of your kids.
First, posting photos of your kids creates a digital footprint -- a kind of electronic paper trail -- that forms their identities in a world they haven't chosen to enter. Someday your preschoolers will grow up, and they might not want documentation of their diaper days hanging out online for their friends to find! Second, once you post a photo online, you lose control over it. Someone could easily copy the photo, tag it, save it, or otherwise use it -- and you might never know. Finally, everything you post has information that is valuable to advertisers and data collectors; posting a photo of a kid identifies you as someone who might be interested in baby products, for example.
At the very least, you can minimize the consequences with these precautions: Use privacy settings; limit the audience of a post (only to family, for example); turn off your phone's GPS; consider using a nickname for your kids; and think about using photo-sharing sites such as Picasa and Flickr that require users to log in to see pictures (unlike on social media, where all your followers can see them).