Safety and Privacy in Participatory Culture

Think of the internet as a public place we access through phones, tablets and computers. When we take students into public places, we are responsible for their safety and well-being. But that doesn’t mean we keep them confined to our classrooms. We venture beyond school grounds, physically or virtually, to enrich our students’ lives, broaden their perspectives and connect learning to the wider world. 

In this course, learn how to support your students’ safety and privacy online so their virtual explorations are rewarding and relevant. 

You’ll also complete almost all the submission requirements to earn two PBS media literacy micro-credentials. (See Next Steps at the end of the course to learn how.)

course duration icon 6 Hours
course cost icon Free
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What we provide:
  • Practice activities to do on your own
  • Examples from other educators
  • Free online tools recommendations
Learn about the concepts of safety & privacy in a participatory culture   Learn how to manage privacy settings and terms of service 
Understand what online safety and privacy look like as both a media consumer and a media producer.   Practice analyzing terms of service and your data settings on social media platforms you use.
Practice reading a website’s code of conduct    Design a classroom approach to sharing student work and images
Gain experience locating and reading a website’s community guidelines.   Create a code of conduct to use in your classroom, library or learning environment your approach to online privacy and safety.
  • Our Participatory Culture
  • Exploring Online Safety as Media Consumers
  • Practice: Zooming in on the Guidelines
  • Navigating Privacy Settings & Terms of Service
  • Practice: TOS
  • Sharing Work Online
  • Practice: Who or What Has Access to Your Data?
  • Practice: Your Digital Media Code of Conduct
  • Next Steps
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This course can help you develop the skills needed to earn the Evaluating Online Tools for Classroom Use and Creating a Code of Conduct micro-credentials. Earning eight micro-credentials qualifies you to become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Learn more

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on digital media. Educators can build skills in video and audio production, data visualization and media analysis to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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