Having had a quick browse through, while there is an obvious bias to YouTube, there are some useful resources that are likely to kick off some interesting conversations with students (and parents). One of the most obvious points, of course, is that YouTube have developed this resource at all - it is a sign, I hope, that times are changing. There appears to be a growing realisation that locking things down is the equivalent of sticking your thumb in the virtual dam. YouTube has definitely set out to help raise awarness and help users of the Internet develop appropriate skills.
The description from YouTube reads:
We have devised an interactive curriculum aimed to support teachers of secondary students (approximately ages 13-17). The curriculum helps educate students on topics like:
We hope that students and educators gain useful skills and a holistic understanding about responsible digital citizenship, not only on YouTube, but in all online activity.
- YouTube’s policies
- How to report content on YouTube
- How to protect their privacy online
- How to be responsible YouTube community members
- How to be responsible digital citizens
Below is a list of lessons, and the recommended flow for delivery. Lessons are designed to fit within 50 minute classes, but can be adapted to fit your schedule:
You can download the full Teacher’s Guide here.
- What Makes YouTube Unique - basic facts and figures (40 minutes)
- Detecting Lies - (35 minutes)
- Safety Mode - (5 minutes)
- Online Reputation and Cyberbullying - (45 minutes)
- Policy - The Community Guidelines (30 minutes)
- Reporting content - Flagging (20 minutes)
- Privacy part 1 - (40 minutes)
- Privacy part 2 - (50 minutes)
- Copyright - (40 mins)
- Additional resources/Appendix including parent resources