Digital Citizenship

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What do you need to know to be safe on the Internet?
Digital Citizenship Topics 
Information Security
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Digital Citizenship

Video On Cyber-Bullying (Double Click to go Full Screen):

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Downloadable Family Internet Guideline Form :

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Digital Citizenship Review Worksheet

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Alternative to YouTube

GodTube (formerly and is an online video sharing platform which strives to have Christian content. It is owned by Salem Web Network, the Internet division of Salem Communications. GodTube has a variety of video selections includingbands and singers in music videoscomedians and comedy skits, spoofs and parodies, videos featuring children and animals, sports, news, and videos intended to be inspirational. The site encourages users with this instruction:

Be inspired in your walk with Jesus Christ and grow in your knowledge of the Bible with videos highlighting inspirational messages and verses.  "

Understanding YouTube & Digital Citizenship

  • YouTube’s policies

  • How to protect your privacy online

  • How to be responsible YouTube community members

  • How to be responsible digital citizens

We hope that students gain useful skills and a holistic understanding about responsible digital citizenship, not only on YouTube, but in all online activity.

  1. What Makes YouTube Unique - basic facts and figures 

    1. Founded in 2005, making it 7 years old in 2012.

    2. Over 800m visitors to the site each month.

    3. The first video ever uploaded was Me At the Zoo! Please see link to the video if you want to take a look. This is what we call UGC footage or user-generated content and is the backbone of YouTube as a video-sharing platform. Everyone can be a content creator!

    4. Highest viewed video ever is ‘Baby’ - Justin Bieber (over 2 billion views!) and for user-generated content, it is Charlie Bit my Finger

    5. The community on YouTube represents our community of users. The content on YouTube is created by the community, for the community. We have developed an innovative community-based model to notify us of potential violations of our Community Guidelines. For us, there is no better or more comprehensive group.

    6. You have to be 13 to have a YouTube account.

    Additional information

    • YouTube is the largest online video sharing platform in the world and the second most popular search engine in the U.S. after Google. Google acquired YouTube in 2006.

    • Over 72 hours of content are uploaded onto YouTube every MINUTE. YouTube has over 4 billion views every day! This is an updated number from May 2012, the previous number was 60 hours per minute.

    • 70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside of the U.S.

    • More than half the videos on YouTube have been rated or commented on.

    Our statistics continue to grow and change so please see our public statistics page for more background.


  2. Safety Mode - (setting your youtube for safety mode)

    Video on setting safe mode on YouTube for your home

    (Please note : Summit Christian uses Youtube for Education only version only for our students)

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    1. Safety Mode is easy to enable and filters out potentially objectionable content.

    2. It doesn’t remove the content from the site but rather, keeps them hidden for the user.

    3. It is an ‘opt-in’ setting so must be enabled by the user.

      Detecting Lies and dangerous people on the internet

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      • Stay away from pop-up contests
      • Don’t give companies your personal information and if you do really need to (for older students) 
      • search companies before you give them any information
      • Read the fine print on all web pages
      • Don't click on suspicious links

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Reading Materials for Parents 

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What is Instagram?

Instagram is an online social networking service that lets you share photos and apply a variety of filters to them. This started in 2010 as a photo-sharing platform viewable only amongst its user base and has since expanded to include a wide variety of social media, including Twitter and Facebook. The Instagram application is distributed worldwide through the Apple Store and Google Play.


Instagram photos are easily recognizable because the pictures have a square shape reflective of the Instamatic and Polaroid photos the program was modelled after.

It Looked Fine?

Like anything else it has a dark side. Many malicious users have corrupted what was promised to be a simple, fun way to share photos.

Is your child already on Instagram? Perhaps, after doing your research and looking at everything you weren’t too worried. The program was great to send out photos, but it was too awkward to really browse through the photo histories. Odds were pretty good that no one was going to go through that much trouble.

When you let your teen sign up, you did everything a parent should do. You talked about appropriate photos, had them set the account to private and told them to only share with friends. You even occasionally looked to see what they are posting. There haven’t been any problems and you want to keep it that way.

Unfortunately, since your child signed up, things have changed. In April 2012 Facebook acquired Instagram and its use has since exploded. Now those photos can go almost anywhere and to make matters worse you can browse through all of them in a few brief moment by going to[USER NAME ].

Now it’s only a matter of seconds for someone to find last years photo of your daughter in a bikini or your bare-chested son lifting weights. The worst part is that it might not even be your children posting them, its their friends.

What Parents Need to Know about Instagram

Instagram is the newest mega-social network that every parent needs to be aware of. Instagram is a photo editing and sharing ‘app’ that allows users to edit photos taken on their phone and post them to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the click of a button. Instagram photos are open to the public by default and Instagram lets users browse public photos posted by others and by people whom they follow.

Sounds innocent enough, but it presents several threats to children. As is the case with virtually all-social networks, signing up for an Instagram account requires that the user provide a Username. In many cases young children are using their real first and last names to create their accounts. To make matters worse, the sign-up process has an optional phone number section where users can submit their phone number as part of their public profile. The key word here is ‘public.’

Many Internet crime authorities are reporting increases in the number of online predators. To make matters worse, online predators leaving comments isn’t the only thing you have to worry about. 

Once an Instagram profile has been created, anyone can browse them and follow other Instagram users. There is an option to make an Instagram profile private, and similar to Facebook, users have to send a request to connect to that person. However, as is the case with dating sites and other social networks, online predators use fake names and fake profile photos to make them appear to be someone they are not.

Instagram Followers

Once a connection has been accepted they become a follower. All followers have access to both the user’s profile information and photos. For unsuspecting children who don’t know any better, this means they have access to their first and last name and phone number. As a parent, the last thing you want is an online predator having access to your child’s name and phone number displayed right along side a photo history of their daily activities.

Instagram Privacy

Security of your child is important to you, no matter what their age. Now that they have an account here are some areas that you should find important.

Instagram picture sharing

Once the account is created it is vital that you, as a parent, discuss limits and restrictions with your teen. Let them know what you expect of them and occasionally review their photo stream so you can be sure that they aren’t posting or receiving inappropriate photos.

  1. Choose a secure password, don’t use common words, birthdays or cities. To increase the security of the password use a mix of numbers and symbols with upper and lower case letters.
  2. Ensure that the photo sharing is set to Private this will prevent the photos from going out publicly where anyone can view them. You can set the Privacy setting through the Instagram interface by going to Settings and scrolling down to the setting labelled “Photos are Private” or “ Photo Privacy” and ensuring it is turned on.
  3. Work with your teen to select an appropriate profile photo that you can both agree on. It’s best to avoid using an actual photo of your teen and instead find something that best represents your teen or their interests.

Photo Map

Another thing to be aware of for your teen’s privacy is the Photo Map. This creates a map of where each photo was taken. If your photos are already set to private, then no one, not even the followers can see the map.

If you are worried about the photomap being made public it is easy to remove, just ensure that the “Add to Photo Map” option is set to off.

If there are already several photos tagged into the photomap you can remove them by doing the following;

  1. Go into the profile and select the Photo Map button
  2. Select a photo from the map and zoom into it
  3. Select the edit button and tell it to unpin the photo and procede to tap on each photo. It will ask you if you wish to confirm the deletion.

Delete Instagram Pictures

There will always be those moments of regret when something was posted that really shouldn’t have been.  Sometimes they are accidentally posted, other times they were of the spur of the moment. Unfortunately you cannot have the pictures unseen, but you can remove them from your feed.

  1. Go into the profile
  2. Below the profile details there should be all of the photos that have been shared in Instagram. They will either be displayed as a grid or on a scroll bar, depending upon your system.
  3. Just to the bottom right of the photo you will see a menu button, select it and a pop-up menu will appear.
  4. Select Delete from the menu, confirm deletion and the photo is gone from the feed.

Protecting Your Children

The boom in social media has led to the subsequent misuse of innocent social tools by predators and bullies. As a result there is a chance, albeit small that your teenagers photos will fall into the wrong hands.

Of course, you cannot protect them from everything and they will be exposed to things that we would rather they weren’t. The best approach is to teach your children the importance of being safe online. They get driving lessons to protect them on the road; they learn fire safety to keep from getting burned. Teach them Internet safety to protect their future.

Privacy Settings

Ensure that your teens profile and photos aren’t out there for everyone to look at. If their profile isn’t on private then switch it over. This will ensure that only approved friends will see the photos.

Location Settings

Turn off the Geo-tagging or Location of photos, that way even if a photo gets out to the public, hopefully no one knows where your child is.

Accepting Followers

If they don’t know who the person is in real life, then they probably shouldn’t accept them as a follower.

Avoid Portraits

Teens are a vain lot, but try to discourage them from posting photos of themselves or their friends. It there aren’t photos out there, then they can’t slip out.


Continue to talk to your children about what they are posting and what they are allowed to post. Encourage them to talk to their friends about appropriate posting and their own privacy settings. Your teen may do everything correctly, but all it takes is a careless friend and that beach photo could end up public.

Monitoring Instagram

Talk to them and make them aware of the dangers while still allowing them a modicum of earned freedom. Insist that your teen grants you periodic access to their account so you can check their postings and what their friends are posting. Join Instagram yourself, so that you are aware of their processes and terms and follow your teen so that you have a remote way of checking what is accessible on their accounts and you can see what others have access to.

Copyright Violations

It’s not all light and cheery; there is a dark side to using this social networking site. One of the negative aspects is that people will take pictures and repost them onto their own accounts without giving credit to the original owner. This is a blatant violation of Instagram policies.

It is important to monitor the pictures that teenagers are putting on this social networking site in order to ensure that they are not in breach of the terms. When people open an account on Instagram they are agreeing to only use content that they actually own or have a suitable license to use. Another term that is stated on the site is that the use and posting of content on the site does not violate privacy rights, copyright laws, contract rights or publicity rights. Unfortunately there is no enforcement of these terms, and even if there was, it only takes a matter of minutes for someone to open a new account and begin again.

Teenagers are spontaneous and often do things without thinking. The last thing you want is for your teen to be adversely affected by a photo that they posted. By monitoring your teens Instagram photo stream you can be aware of what they are posting and be prepared to put an instant stop to it before that photo goes too far. The last thing you or your teen need is to find that the photo has gotten into the hands of a bully, or even worse, a stalker. You can protect your teen by having an open and honest conversation about what you expect them to post and not post on their Instagram account. Let them know that you are watching, not because you distrust them, but because you care.

Protect Your Children on Instagram

Remember that the shocking news stories are set out there in order to shock you and grab your attention, these incidents only represent a small percentage of what actually occurs. However, as a parent you have a right to be concerned and protective. You don’t want your teenager to be one of the news stories and that is nothing to be ashamed of.

Social media is growing and everyday it becomes a more intricate part of our daily lives as the new generation is absorbed into it. Let’s teach this next generation about taking control of their own safety and show them how to stay aware when they are online.


Published: April 21, 2012 307 Comments

WE live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.

At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. At work executives text during board meetings. We text (and shop and go on Facebook) during classes and when we’re on dates. My students tell me about an important new skill: it involves maintaining eye contact with someone while you text someone else; it’s hard, but it can be done.

Over the past 15 years, I’ve studied technologies of mobile connection and talked to hundreds of people of all ages and circumstances about their plugged-in lives. I’ve learned that the little devices most of us carry around are so powerful that they change not only what we do, but also who we are.

We’ve become accustomed to a new way of being “alone together.” Technology-enabled, we are able to be with one another, and also elsewhere, connected to wherever we want to be. We want to customize our lives. We want to move in and out of where we are because the thing we value most is control over where we focus our attention. We have gotten used to the idea of being in a tribe of one, loyal to our own party.

Our colleagues want to go to that board meeting but pay attention only to what interests them. To some this seems like a good idea, but we can end up hiding from one another, even as we are constantly connected to one another.

A businessman laments that he no longer has colleagues at work. He doesn’t stop by to talk; he doesn’t call. He says that he doesn’t want to interrupt them. He says they’re “too busy on their e-mail.” But then he pauses and corrects himself. “I’m not telling the truth. I’m the one who doesn’t want to be interrupted. I think I should. But I’d rather just do things on my BlackBerry.”

Is your child using the sinister website that pits friend against friend? This week a 15-year-old boy killed himself after being hounded on it. No wonder mothers want it banned...


PUBLISHED: 18:59 EST, 12 April 2013 UPDATED: 08:09 EST, 13 April 2013

When she looked at her teenage daughter’s laptop, it was almost impossible for Caroline Quinn to believe that the vicious words on the screen had been written about her child.

_Very Mean Posts____  were some of the choice words and phrases which had been posted on 13-year-old Laura’s social networking page. Another message, posted in response to a photograph of Laura at a friend’s birthday party, : ‘Put some clothes on. I don’t wanna see your  face on my computer.’ The website, as 40-year-old Caroline learned, was — a notorious question-and-answer social networking site that has enjoyed an explosion in popularity among young British teenagers in the past year.

Unlike sites such as Facebook and Twitter, it has no privacy settings and so allows users — naive, gullible youngsters with more curiosity than sense — to pose questions to each other anonymously.

While many questions relate to nothing more disturbing than favourite pop groups, increasingly, the Latvian-run site — with more than 40 million users worldwide — has become a haven for school bullies, targeting victims online without fear of being discovered.

Attacked online: Laura Quinn was targeted no the anonymous site, and her mother Caroline was shocked by the hateful comments she saw!

Most of the victims actually know their tormentors — usually disgruntled classmates who are often ‘friends’ with their victims on other sites such as Facebook but reveal a more sinister side when on, where they have the option to hide their identity. Bullied youngsters are left agonized  not knowing which of their friends has turned against them.

The site also allows users to put up video answers, meaning their identities can be revealed. For the past few months, children’s charities, child safety experts and education chiefs have been warning about the dangers of the site. But the suicide last week of Joshua Unsworth has made their concerns more urgent than ever.

Joshua, 15, took his own life after months of abusive messages on The schoolboy was found hanged in the garden of his family’s stone-built converted farmhouse in a Lancashire village.

The vicious messages posted on his  page included: ‘You really are a freak’, ‘no one likes you’ and ‘you deserve sick things to happen to you’.

In all, the site has now been linked to six suicides.

Joshua Unsworth, 15, was found hanged after allegedly being bullied

Joshua Unsworth, 15, was found hanged after allegedly being bullied

For company director Caroline, seeing her privately educated daughter’s site was a shocking wake-up call. ‘I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,’ she says. 

‘The fact that somebody had launched such a disgusting attack on my lovely daughter felt like a violation I had been unable to protect her from.’ Like many parents, Caroline was unaware of until she accidentally stumbled on Laura’s account, linked to her Facebook page. ‘I like to keep tabs on Laura’s online activity,’ Caroline says. ‘I’m a friend of hers on Facebook but this isn’t always enough to see everything going on. She accuses me of stalking her online, but it’s becoming harder to stay on top of it all ... I immediately told her to close the account down and have nothing more to do with it.’

Laura set up her account last November. ‘Everyone was doing it and I thought it would be fun,’ she says. ‘First of all, the questions were harmless things like “who are your best friends?” but it got out of hand after my friend’s birthday party.

Her mother says: ‘I think it is despicable that this site holds no responsibility for the harm it is causing.’ Caroline also admits that the worst part for Laura was not knowing who had made the comments about her, but being aware they must have come from her inner circle. ‘It was very isolating for her.’ 

This week, the Mail was contacted by a mother who caught her 14-year-old daughter taking an overdose after being bullied on In one of the final messages sent to her before her suicide attempt last October, one tormentor wrote: ‘____This was too awful to document______.’ If that message wasn’t clear, another followed: ‘Please die.’

Anyone still in any doubt about the widespread grief that is causing a generation of British children need only pay a visit to YouTube. There, hundreds of British teenagers have posted video clips of themselves bewailing how they have received ‘anonymous hate’ via the website.

Pouring her heart out on camera last month, one desperate girl says: ‘Within two hours, I had people telling me to kill myself... Someone needs to say something. ’

The brainchild of Russian internet entrepreneurs, and brothers, Ilya and Mark Terebin, is run from the company’s headquarters in Latvia’s capital Riga, where they grew up. Modelling itself on the U.S. question-and-answer website ‘Formspring’, the site rapidly expanded. Last November, it had 21 million users. This figure has nearly doubled in the past five months and the site is available in 31 languages. The website makes its money from advertising — as well as allowing companies to pay for questions which can be targeted at users.

Great info graphic, from mashable: