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Prepare kids for emergencies with Monster Guard

The motto here is Learn, practice, share how to stay safe during emergency The American Red Cross, with the sponsorship of Disney, present Monster Guard, a free mobile app available at the App Store and Google Play. Beyond the necessary, and sometimes confusing disaster drills that all students are required to experience at school, this fun, […]

The new Pew on social networking: Regarding teens and kindness and cruelty

A report released this week from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in partnership with the Family Online Safety Institute, with the support of Cable in the Classroom, explores Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites. Based on seven focus groups with teens and a nationally representative survey of nearly 800 […]

Parents’ Guide to Facebook

Larry Magid and Anne Collier’s Parents’ Guide to Facebook is must reading for parents–and librarians. * 35-Page PDF guide * Chart of recommended privacy settings for teens Make sure you share the downloadable guide and accompanying online resources (available at The perspective is reasoned and realistic and focused on supporting responsible citizenship.  The authors offer […]

Building Digital Citizens @MICDS and beyond

Some stuff just seems harder to teach.  Some standards seem harder to own. Digital citizenship is a critical element of ISTE’s NETS (standards for students).  It is woven throughout AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Everyday I live, model, and teach citizenship.  But, to be perfectly honest, I haven’t been able to figure out […]