Digital Citizenship is a broad term that not only covers SAFETY when researching online, but also copyright/fair use.

Here are some recommendations:

  1. Students in elementary school should not be “Googling” for information, but should be using “Safe Search Engines,” such as the following:

Kids Info Bits
Ivy's Safe Searches
[[http://www.kidsclick.org/http://www.kidsclick.org/
http://www.squirrelnet.com/search/Google_SafeSearch.asp
http://www.kidsknowit.com/index.php
http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/libweb/k6/do/search
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/
http://www.factmonster.com/
Awesome Library
http://www.onekey.com/
[[http://www.onekey.com/http://www.askkids.com/|[[http://www.askkids.com/]]]]


  1. Students should refrain from copying/pasting images from websites that do not expressly give permission for use. The following article gives you 10 sites that are copyright friendly for use in student work: http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/2012/04/15-sites-for-finding-images-and-clip.html?utm_source=Technology+Tidbits+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3da5a65919-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email
‍Safe Resources:
‍‍MeL- http://0-elibrary.bigchalk.com.elibrary.mel.org/libweb/k6/do/search
Safe Searches for Kids- http://www.squirrelnet.com/search/Google_SafeSearch.asp
Weather Kids- http://www.weatherwizkids.com/
Kids Infobits- http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/KidsInfoBits?locID=lom_accessmich
SIRS- http://0-discoverer.prod.sirs.com.elibrary.mel.org/discoweb/disco/do/frontpage
Animals- http://animalsearch.galganov.net/
MIKids- http://mikids.com
Ivy's Search Engine Resources- http://ivyjoy.com/rayne/kidssearch.html
  • ‍‍Web Guides for Kids
  • - and what they offer -

‍‍Safe Search Engines:

ALA Great Web Site for Kids
http://www.ala.org/greatsites
Ask Jeeves
http://www.ajkids.com/
KidsClick!
http://www.kidsclick.org/
Yahooligans
http://kids.yahoo.com/learn
Cyber Sleuths
http://cybersleuth-kids.com/
Use these resources to help you with any of your projects.
Resources for images & graphics:



I do NOT recommend allowing kids to go onto the Creative Commons site—it is NOT filtered for content!!



  1. For more detailed information about copyright/fair use laws, please refer to the following article: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/fair-use-rule-copyright-material-30100.html



Media Center sites:

http://westmaple.birmingham.k12.mi.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=208385&sessionid=7265e4ae62c8124772008dc20968b0fe&sessionid=7265e4ae62c8124772008dc20968b0fe


Prescreened, safe educational videos and stories that can be read to students if needed.
http://awesomestories.com/


Show a video from YouTube without showing the surrounding ads or comments.
http://safeshare.tv/


National archives: primary sources and information
http://www.digitalvaults.org/


Time Maps (interactive historical timelines)
http://www.timemaps.com/


Collaboratively record, discover and share history.
http://worldhistoryproject.org/


Reading Strategies
http://reading.ecb.org/index.html