Youth Safety and Online Ethics

Online Ethics, Online Reputation, E- Safety, Privacy and Cyber Bullying

 Session 1

Digital Smarts: Behaving Ethically Online 

Cyber ethics and respect for others online are critical skills to acquire for today's connected teens. The message of this teen-centered video is that all students have a responsibility to behave ethically online and to know how to react when others behave in inappropriate ways. Teen hosts discuss the ethics of issues such as distributing unflattering pictures or posts aimed at harming someone's reputation and the importance of respecting the privacy of others. They emphasize the importance of respecting the safety of others and becoming an upstander rather than a bystander when witnessing abusive behavior online. One teen gives a real-life account of the devastating effects of being cyberbullied. Student interviews expose the extent of plagiarism among their peers and student attitudes about plagiarism. The program details the differences between legitimate online research and plagiarism. Similarly, the differences between legitimate sharing online and piracy are clearly spelled out as are the ethical implications and legal risks of stealing someone else's work.

Behaving Ethically Online Course Content

  • Introduction
  • Respecting Privacy and Reputation
  • Lying About Who You Are
  • Cyberbullying and Harassment
  • Plagiarism
  • Piracy
  • An Online Code of Ethics


Session 2

Digital Smarts: Protecting Your Online Reputation and Safety 

Cyber reputation, security and safety have become important topics for students to understand and master. This engaging video program encourages students to think critically about the opportunities and risks provided by their many digital devices. Real-life dangers from predators, spammers and identity thieves are revealed through teen interviews and accounts from experts in cyber security and safety. Students learn why it is important to choose passwords that are hard to guess and why they should not share their passwords with others. Students are challenged to think about ways that digital technology can be used to enhance or damage their reputations. Teens talk about how compromising photos and other postings online became part of their permanent digital footprint. The video provides specific advice about how to protect students' privacy, security and online reputations.

Your Online Reputation and Safety - Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Our Digital Footprint
  • Helping Our Reputation
  • Hurting Our Reputation
  • Protecting Our Passwords
  • Phishing
  • Internet Imposters
  • Review and Conclusion


Session 3

I Was Cyberbullied 

Program presents three real-life stories from kids who were targets of cyberbullying attacks and offers viewers practical suggestions for how to avoid being victimized by this new, rapidly-spreading type of bullying. Each story highlights important tips such as: only post the type of information online that you would be comfortable with others seeing; remember that once an email or photo is posted online, you can't take it back; avoid responding to vicious texts or emails that might escalate a situation further; and know when to turn to a trusted adult for help. A discussion on how serious and damaging cyberbullying can be, and touches upon recent cases of children committing suicide after being cyberbullied. This timely program will strike a chord with all viewers—those who may have been victimized as well as those who may have thought that cyberbullying was “no big deal.”

 I Was Cyberbullied - Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Lauren's Story
  • Dealing with Cyberbullying
  • Blaze's Story
  • The Three Steps
  • Esteban's Story
  • Review and Conclusion

Course Curriculum

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