Cable in the Classroom Launches New Resources


Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry’s educational foundation, recently launched InCtrl, a series of free classroom lessons that teach seven key digital citizenship concepts. Aimed at students in grades 4 through 8, each lesson contains videos, background information about a digital citizenship concept, and classroom activity ideas. Topics include cyberbullying, ethics and copyright, privacy, media literacy, information literacy, communication and collaboration, and digital citizenship.

InCtrl resources are also suitable for use in afterschool and other community-based programs. New lessons will be premiered monthly with all seven lessons expected to be available by mid-October. For additional information contact Kat Stewart at or 202-222-2339.

Survey: More Teens Hiding Online Activity

More teenagers are hiding their online activity from their parents, according to a survey of teen internet behavior conducted by online security firm McAfee. The survey found that more than 70 percent of teens have figured out how to avoid parental monitoring, up from 45 percent in a study two years ago.

“Since teens have grown up in an online world, they may be more online savvy than their parents, but you can’t give up,” McAfee blogger Robert Siciliano tells parents. “You must challenge yourselves to become familiar with the complexities of the teen online universe and stay educated on the various devices your teens are using to go online.”

Library Group Selects Great Websites for Kids

Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children up to age 14. Sites are organized in eight categories: Animals, The Arts, History and Biography, Literature and Language, Mathematics and Computers, Reference Desk, Sciences and Social Sciences.

Websites are evaluated by a committee made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The committee welcomes site suggestions for review.

Parents vs. Teens on Facebook: Worth the Battle?

Eight years after its debut, Facebook claims more than 20 million users under the age of 18. Many teens insist “friending” their parents is an invasion of privacy, but experts like author and lecturer Linda Fogg-Phillips, who works for Facebook, stand behind the practice. A USA Today article explores the social media face-off between parents and teens.

National Cyber Security Alliance Offers Tips

In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the National Cyber Security Alliance has developed a series of free tip sheets for safer Internet usage, particularly on social networking sites, gaming sites, and mobile devices.

Tools Can Help Counter Cyberbullying

Radio show host and tech blogger Kim Komando gives advice for protecting children from online bullies, including the often-ignored recommendation that parents monitor their children’s Facebook accounts by “friending” them. Komando also suggests using simple Facebook tools that allow users to lock down their profiles and report harassing content.

For more resources, visit the Internet Safety page.

New Technology Means New Safety Issues

A recent USA Today article reports, “There is a rising threat to kids who habituate the Internet: the likelihood that a popular mobile app or social-networking service will invade their privacy.”

According to the article, roughly half of children ages 6 through 9 regularly interact with friends online, yet 58 percent of their parents admitted to not being knowledgeable about social networks. The good news is resources for protecting children online abound, including Suddenlink resources.