Role of a Teacher Librarian in the Digital Age: Promote Cybersecurity in Schools

 

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Cybersecurity and School Libraries

Elizabeth “Betty” Marcoux

Teacher Librarian

Marcoux, E. “. (2010). Cybersecurity and school libraries. Teacher Librarian, 38(2), 67-68. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/846786568?accountid=47253

Abstract of the article:

The article discusses the important role given to teacher librarians in creating a curriculum inside the classroom that uses internet in order to promote learning. However, the there are some caution given in students conducting online research at their schools. One of the best practices highlighted in this article was about a California teacher in the US, who was given an award by Google for “marrying the subject of agriculture with technology in his school. He and other educators are effectively integrating various social work network tools and electronic information sources  into their work while advancing learning in their areas” (Marcoux, 2010). The internet space may sometime be a scary place for students as well as parents/guardians but effective education about ethical and safe use of technology must be promoted to individuals who are involved in the children’s education.

Three Things I Learned from my RA:

  1. The author mentioned in this article the idea of cyber ethics and safety curriculum by Endicott-Popovsky. Also Marcoux shared the internet site “staysafeonline.org”, which can be “a potential source for information about how to develop programs that guide students in their use of the internet.” Checked the website myself and has found a handful of helpful features, tools as well as information that can help all involved individuals to safeguard the students/children online.Image
  2. Another helpful website shared by Marcoux is the Net Cetera, which is a “handbook that helps a teacher chat with students about being online.” The tools available for perusal of the educators would surpass online research done by students and would still also provide guidance in safe cell phone use as well as computer use monitoring of minors. Primary the guidebook “offers some ideas chatting with students regarding online actions.” Marcoux expounds that this website encourages the adults involved in the students’ learning to engage in early conversations about such actions and be able to communicate with them “values and understanding” on how the internet works. Thus, as teacher librarians we are given the opportunity to remarkably impact our students’ actions not only in the classroom but also how they behave online.Image3. Additional websites are provided in this article that can benefit the students and educators alike: OnGuardOnline.gov- a governmental tool in the US “that help students develop an understanding of what is internet fraud and issues around the privacy of personal information, which covers social networking sites as well”. iKeepSafe.org- is an “Internet safety coalition with parent and teacher resources as well as kid resources. This organization attempts to offer information and tools that will help students be safe online as well as learn how to productively and safely use technology and the internet.” GetNetWise.org- aims to “help students be safe and constructive online, also provides support on safe opportunities for quick and credible information that students can access.” Cyberbullying411.org- is “one of the best sites to learn about cyber bullying, and tries to give students resources that will help them gain answers about cyber bullying.” NetSmartz.org- is both “interactive and educational, a site which has age-appropriate and multimedia activities that help students work more safely online.”

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Implications of the new things I learned to my work/to me as a person:

Being a teacher and a librarian in our school builds up my responsibilities and stresses my accountability not only to and with my students but also individuals who are involved in their learning. Glad to personally have read and checked out all of these sites for me to know which ones I can recommend to my fellow teachers, school’s guidance counselors as well as faculty and school administration in order to help prepare and educate our students on the risks and issues in accessing the internet. I am amazed on how effective individuals collaborate online and form organizations that aim to help develop a digital space where exchange of knowledge and best practices can flow in and uphold people’s understanding about cyber security especially among children.

“When the going gets tough, the tough gets a librarian.”  ― Joan Bauer

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2 responses to “Role of a Teacher Librarian in the Digital Age: Promote Cybersecurity in Schools

  1. julseph

    Reblogged this on Gilbert Joseph and commented:
    Children are vulnerable and though we cannot protect them from everything we can however help in avoiding the exploitation of our children. Librarians who are well qualified in searching out information can help in doing just that.

  2. I totally agree with you ,the role of the librarian or library staff in a school library is very important ,as a school library staff I can say that many times the role and relevance of the library in schools are not fully understood .

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