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Kirk Marlowe Receives Outstanding Service and Leadership Award

download full film Patriots Day iKeepSafe is pleased to present the Outstanding Service and Leadership Award to Kirk Marlowe for his dedicated work promoting digital citizenship. Since 1989, Major Marlowe has served in the state police as a trooper and special agent, an Academy sergeant, lieutenant, and as a division commander for the High Tech…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, iKeepSafe News

iKeepSafe and Harvard Berkman Center Release Privacy Curriculum

Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download Today’s youth are increasingly living their lives online. What happens offline is reflected in the digital world, and vice-versa. Because our culture is becoming more and more digital, it is increasingly impossible to avoid participation in the digital environment. In the same way that it is essential…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship, iKeepSafe News, Privacy, Relationships, Reputation

Say What You Mean in Electronic Communications . . . or Else

When first communicating by email, did you ever mistakenly use all capital letters only to learn that, by using all caps, you were effectively yelling?  Was it ever your intention to yell, or were you simply unaware of proper email etiquette at that time?  Have you ever used a chat acronym (e.g., “LOL”) only to…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Legal Issues

Nancy Gifford Presents at Legacy Explorations Symposium

Nancy Gifford, iKeepSafe Senior Director of Law and Policy, is presenting today at the Legacy Explorations Symposium at Eastern Connecticut University.   The Symposium is attended by sixth graders from several towns in Connecticut and also features Rabbi Lazowski and principal Thanh Nguyn. Rabbi Lazowski will share his gripping story as a child survivor of the…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship, iKeepSafe News, Videos

The Wizard of Oz & Digital Parenting

One of my favorite parts of my work is talking with parents about the digital environment. When I walk into a room to give a presentation to parents, the anxiety is palpable. Usually, there is an exchange of worrisome stories about things they’ve heard about the online world and a general sense of being overwhelmed…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

Cyber Safety: Teaching Smart Thinking

Recently I attended a workshop on “Youth and Technology” at a high school in Laguna Beach, CA, and came home with a long list of recommendations that will keep my children safe online—everything from deleting “bad” apps from their smart phones, to installing surveillance apps and filtering software onto our family’s devices. While the evening…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues


Recently, I taught one of my favorite Common Sense Media lessons during a 6th grade Cyber Civics class at Journey School in Aliso Viejo, CA. Called “Chart It,” this lesson challenges students to think through online ethical dilemmas — like a friend posting an unflattering photo on Facebook, a classmate cutting and pasting freely from…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

Lessons on “CyberCivics” Too Important To Ignore

My daughter, who is busy working on her college applications, received this message from her high school counselor yesterday: “Just received an email from the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)… a friendly reminder that colleges are reading your social media.” Today, in addition to having sky-high GPA’s and equally impressive test scores, kids…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

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Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Why is iKeepSafe Collaborating to Teach Students about Creative Content Online?

SHORT ANSWER: because students need it. Knowing how to create, collaborate, and share responsibly are twenty-first century skills. And, Teacher-Librarians are the best prepared to teach it. NOT-AS-SHORT ANSWER: iKeepSafe is a 501c3, non-profit focused on helping children thrive in the digital environment. Since 2005, we have created educational content and experiences to help youth…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News

What The Kids Want

Digital and Media Literacy education is primarily a top-down endeavor: adults design curriculum based upon what they think kids should know about the digital world. It’s sort of like Martians deciding what Earthlings should know about life on our planet. Sure we do our best, but at the end of the day many of us…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

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Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

Download and Watch Full Movie Spotlight (2015)

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Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Watch Full Movie Online Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

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Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

Streaming Movie The Visit (2015)

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Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

What Kids are (Really) Doing Online

Maybe you’ve already heard? It appears that Facebook is losing its groove. A recent survey of 5,200 teenagers found that while 33% called Facebook their “most important” social network in Spring ‘12, by Spring of this year that number had fallen to just 25%. An unofficial survey of the eighth graders in my Cyber Civics…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Parenting, Videos

It’s Time to BEaPRO™

Last summer, iKeepSafe’s dynamic CEO and president, Marsali Hancock, shared some exciting news with us…  after years of gathering credible research from a wide-ranging constituency of experts (from law enforcement officials to cyber security professionals to media scholars and more), iKeepSafe could confidently define a previously indefinable term: “digital literacy.” Now before you nod off,…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, iKeepSafe News

Avoiding the Tangled Web through Honesty

“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive.”  – Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) Although Sir Walter Scott undoubtedly did not have technology in mind when he wrote about weaving a tangled web, today’s social media and internet users should heed his words and avoid being ensnared through deceit in today’s…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Legal Issues

Passwords, Passwords and More Passwords

These days, it seems you need a password for everything. As the number of online accounts individuals have keeps rising, the amount of passwords each person has to remember goes up as well. It also doesn’t help that everyone is prone to becoming the victim of an email hack, or social network account takeover. The…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Should hate websites be included in online safety and digital citizenship conversations?

As avid browsers, teens sometimes stumble across hate websites. Many teens are shocked and upset when they first encounter these types of websites, especially if they are not prepared with the knowledge that such websites exist.  Unaware teens can be more easily tricked by subtle hate websites and may not fully realize that the hate…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues


Last week while giving a presentation on Digital Literacy to a group of K-8 parents, I shared some interesting data from a Pew Internet & American Life Project report regarding kids and their online passwords. In this study Pew found that 30 percent of 12-17 year olds who were regularly online had shared a password…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

10 Tips for New Year 2013

If your child is like most, he or she is probably starting the New Year as the proud owner of a new digital device. A gift from you perhaps? If so, don’t let the gift-giving end there. Give the best gift of all: 10 Tips to help them use their new phone, tablet, PC, laptop,…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Online Security

Bring in the New Year

As the year winds to a close, it’s natural to look back and assess where we’ve been before turning our thoughts to the time ahead.  The New Year offers a fresh start, as well as an opportunity to do things differently, or even better, in the days to come. On the digital and mobile fronts,…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship

‘Tis the Right Time Before Christmas

‘Tis the right time before Christmas When all through the house, Not a computer is stirring, Not even a mouse. The stockings are hung By the chimney with care, In hopes they’ll be filled With gadgets to there. With mom on her Kindle I sat on my bed, Whilst visions of shopping Filled me with…Continue Reading

Categories: Balance, Digital Citizenship

What Happens When the Students Become the Teachers?

Online safety experts including Nancy Willard, Anne Collier, and Frank Gallagher are long-time advocates for including youths as a part of online safety training programs. The Youth Panels at the recent IBPA and the FOSI conferences also demonstrated how engaged students can be important contributors to online safety discussions. So just what happens when the…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship, Videos

Teen Online Behavior is Getting Past Parents

McAfee released findings from a 2012 Teen Internet Behavior Study that revealed how teens are behaving (or not behaving) online. The results are sobering. In short, teens are doing all sorts of inappropriate and illegal things on the internet and parents are clueless. Kids are better at using technology than their parents and parents are…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

The Wisdom of Children

Internet safety is often thought of as something adults teach kids. But adults make big mistakes, too: A Taliban spokesperson accidentally publicly CC’d everyone on his mailing list.  And, the recent scandal around an affair between General David Petraeus and writer Paula Broadwell came to light, in part, because they misunderstood email security. Adults don’t…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Online Security

10 Rules for Safe and Respectable Online Behavior (from 7th Graders)

Here’s a question: Who is more likely to post an embarrassing photo online, a 7th grader or his/her parent? If you answered “a 7th grader”… then you’d be wrong. According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center called “Reputation Management and Social Media,” adults share personal information online more freely than young people.…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Let’s Talk About Technology in Schools

Depending upon your personality and relative contentment with life, you may eagerly anticipate or wholeheartedly dread social situations requiring small talk.  Questions from strangers and casual acquaintances like “What do you do?” or “Do you have any kids?” may cause you to mentally embrace or physically recoil from your greeter. Regardless of your reaction, your…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Ignorance is Dangerous When it Comes to Technology

I’ve been traveling the country talking to students, parents and organizations about internet/digital safety for over 5 years now. I find that most schools and organizations primarily expect me to use my 60 minutes to list the dangers  of technology. While there are certainly some dangers that I do discuss, I find that dangers lie…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Online Security

How to Lose the Love of Your Life with a Couple of Clicks or a Text

The social scene at school is as important to many teens as academics and sports.  That’s why when Net Literacy high school student volunteers teach online safety and discuss how teens can enhance their net reputation, we use actual examples that have happened to us, our friends, or others that we know. We’ve learned that…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Videos

Where do you stand?

Recently, news in the St. Louis area covered a story of teens using social media to make fun of a fellow high school student by electing her to “Homecoming Court.” When her father learned that his daughter, who struggles with learning difficulties, was elected sophomore representative, he was suspicious of her newfound popularity.  He kept…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship

Making “Fair Use” Fun

Talking to kids about copyright and fair use can be about as exciting as discussing algebraic properties. Even mentioning the words “fair use,” especially to seventh graders, is guaranteed to elicit a lukewarm response. However, what I learned teaching a lesson on “Fair Use” from Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum can be…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

A Force for Good

What would you do if you saw someone being bullied?  Would you join in, stand by, or stand up? Some high school students in Iowa City stood up, and their actions remind us that most kids—most people—want to do the right thing. An article in the Iowa City Press Citizen describes how a group of…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship

How does the digital age affect cheating and plagiarism?

With children growing up in the digital age, educators and schools are faced with new challenges regarding cheating and plagiarism among students. “Beat the Cheat”– a “Monitor on Psychology” article—shares various psychologists’ insights into why students cheat and what faculty, schools and students can do about it. According to a February 2011 survey of 40,000…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

The Net Nanny “Pornography Addict Sponsor Program”

The issue of pornography addiction is very real. Its effects are far-reaching with families, personal relationships, and among those influenced. Two years ago, we started an initiative at ContentWatch called the Pornography Addict Sponsor Program.  As the makers of Net Nanny, we felt it our obligation to provide a tool for those fighting serious pornography…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Physical Health

A Download on Apps: What All Parents Should Know

From Apple to Android, smart phones, tablets and other WiFi devices, millions of apps are available (free and paid-for) and are starting to take over websites on the internet. They’re easy, quick to download, portable, and kids are taking major advantage of the variety of apps available. However, parents are now swarming me with questions…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Digital Citizenship, Parenting

How do teens view their digital lives?

Social media has become an integral part of modern day adolescence.  As teens are growing up in this new digital age, parents, educators and other adults are becoming more and more interested in the role media plays in their everyday lives. According to a recent study by Common Sense Media’s Program for the Study of…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Social Networking

The Importance of Oral Communication

Lately it seems that every time I talk to a teacher or parent there is one main theme that pops up.  Are students losing their ability to orally communicate because of the amount of technology?  Parents feel that their children are more monosyllabic and teachers are experiencing a lack of word connectivity with students.  With…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Technology without Literacy – A Missed Teaching Opportunity

This past June, I attended the ISTE (International Society of Technology Education) conference in San Diego. The annual conference brings over 20,000 folks including educators, administrators, and academics. My purpose for attending, besides catching up on the newest technologies, was to also make a presentation on connecting media literacy education to digital technologies. There was…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Identity Theft Resource Center’s Survey Finds Parents Concerned

Recently, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) released the results of the Parenting and Social Media Survey it conducted between April and May 2012. The survey was conducted with the intent to measure the levels of concern parents express, and actions they take in relation to their children’s social media engagement. Better understanding of the…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

Digital Literacy: A Pound of Prevention

As an attorney who advises educational institutions, I often work with clients who are faced with the challenge of balancing important principles affecting students and staff with the risk of litigation.  While certain litigation risks can be anticipated, when legislation is still being developed or case law is unsettled, it may be difficult to predict…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Legal Issues

What you see is not always what you get

A young male high school student found himself subjected to daily bullying.  The student, John, was homosexual and the target of many.  In this particular case, the bullying was widespread, but the school’s most popular seemed to make bullying John their pet project.  Several stars of the football team, wrestling team, and baseball team thought…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship

Your Digital Footprint

Understanding how to manage your online reputation or “digital footprint” is tricky business, even for those of us who have been using the internet for a long time. Almost everyone at one time or another has been guilty of sharing too much information or posting a photo that later makes us cringe. To complicate matters…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Reputation

Robyn Treyvaud Speaks at 21st Century Learning Conference (Video)

iKeepSafe’s Director of Global Initiatives, Robyn Treyvaud, gave the keynote address at this year’s 21st Century Learning Conference. The conference, hosted in Hong Kong, attracts educators from around the globe to interact with ideas and experiences designed to make them better informed and enthused to bring out the best in the digital native learners they…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Online Security, Videos

It’s All About Community

Were Aristotle were around today, I doubt he would be surprised by the amount of time young people spend with their digital devices. In 350 BC he wrote, “man is by nature a social animal,” and since then nothing much has changed except that a large portion of our social bonding now takes place online,…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Michigan CSI Accepting Registrations

Since its statewide launch in September 2007, the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (Michigan CSI) has educated nearly 1 Million K-8th grade students and another 25,000+ adults through its Community Seminar. iKeepSafe helped create content for this free, award-winning program that offers age-appropriate assemblies conducted by experts working with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. The multi-media…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News

Angry Birds Partners With A THIN LINE to Take a Stand on Digital Abuse

Since its release several weeks ago, people worldwide have been buzzing about the new Angry Birds Space game, which reinvents the modern classic with an innovative new physics engine. The gameplay isn’t the only groundbreaking part of Angry Birds Space, though – with this release, Rovio launched its first ever youth activism effort, aimed at…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Microsoft Helps Combat Child Pornography

One of the most disturbing crimes of our day is child pornography. It is a significant problem that can be seen in the rise of arrests and the proliferation of content available on Internet. High profile cases exist in recent months, including the arrest of a University of Utah professor while flying Delta Air Lines.…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Privacy, Social Networking

Technology Practices Require Informed Policy-Makers

Many students, parents, and educators recognize the potential to reach and engage students through technology and new media use within the educational environment.  While many administrators and policy-makers also acknowledge the potential benefits, some are unfamiliar with technology and new media, skeptical of the benefits, and/or consider the risks to be too great. While each…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Social Networking

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