Tuesday, April 16, 2013


TSNT (Try Something New Tuesday!) You are smart (keeping telling yourself that).  Whether you are a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, cousin, friend or acquaintance of school aged students, you can support them by passing along this useful information. Cyberbullying Prevetion and Internet Safety are key when raising a digital native.

In case you have not been introduced to: http://www.netsmartz.org/, here is your formal introduction!

This website is beyond resourceful and amazing. The best part is, it is FREE and contains quality information which is accurate and real.

I love the three simple, yet powerful words this website promotes: "Educate, Engage, Empower".

Who is this website for? Anyone who wants to be more of a proactive citizen, rather than a reactive one,  when using technology in our digital society.

 This website is trendy, real and easy to navigate. You can create a free account to download any of the materials if you are teacher in the classroom or a guardian who wants to utilize some of the lessons and or activities. Or, you can choose to browse at your own free will and access the videos, games, interactive resource without having to remember an username and password!

Kids, Tweens and Teens can all play age-appropriate games, watch videos, read information, learn how to cope through role playing activities and share their own thoughts through this safe and secure website.

The videos seem to be the most popular, here are some of my favorites.
My fav: http://www.netsmartzkids.org/VideoOfTheMonth

My fav: http://www.nsteens.org/Videos/TerribletEXt

My fav:

Tip: scroll down to the bottom of the website and click on 'Site Map' which will give an overview of all the resources available through quick links: http://www.netsmartz.org/SiteMap

Another resource is Mackenzie Gavel who blogs about her experiences and others with cyberbullying: http://belittlethebullies.com

Check it out! You will not be disappointed, you will be even (net)SMARTER!

NOTE: They are flash videos, so if you are using an iPad, download the browser which allows you to view flash videos called 'Puffin". https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puffin-web-browser-free/id472937654?mt=8

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