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Dr. Christie's Internet Safety Guide for a Web 2.0 World

The Pitfalls, Perils and Potentials of Using the Internet in K-12 Education


The Internet offers extensive opportunities for students to enhance their learning through the use of social networking, blogs, videos, podcasts, text messaging, cell phones,and an ever-growing number of Internet sites. However, there are also opportunities for kids to encounter or encourage danger while using the Internet.


The following resources are provided to help educators and parents understand the pitfalls, perils and POTENTIALS of using the Internet at home and in the classroom. This site provides definitions of many Web 2.0 tools available to teachers and students, describes some of the perils and pitfalls of these tools, and finally provides examples of effective ways teachers can incorporate these tools into their classrooms. The site will change and grow over time, so visit often to see new resources.

Web-based Presentations:
  • Dr. Christie's Presentation on the pitfall, perils, and POTENTIALS of using the Internet in K-12 education in a Web 2.0 world
  • Attorney Lisa Andrus's Presentation on cyber bullying, cyber stalking, and suggestions for teacher/student interactions in social networking environments
  • Dr. Colleen Carmean's Internet Resources for teachers wishing to use Web 2.0 tools effectively in their classrooms
  • Detective Keith Swanson and Detective Brandon Sullivan: Role of Law Enforcement Agencies in Internet safety in today's world of socially networked youth
What Teachers Need to Know:


Click on any topic below to get:

  • an in-depth definition of that topic
  • a list of possible perils associated with using that tool, and
  • examples of positive and effective ways teachers can use these tools in their classrooms to:
    • deepen student learning
    • engage digital learners with digital tools
    • and extend learning beyond their classroom walls
Blogs Wikis Social Networking
YouTube/TeacherTube Podcasting Text Messaging/IM
Legal Issues Cyber Crimes Evaluating Internet Sites