Featuring Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius from PBS, “The Internet and You” provides interactive lesson plans about digital privacy, search engines, online advertising, and the creation of positive online experiences that can be used in schools, after-school programs, and beyond.
“Young learners today are surrounded by digital technologies, but often they haven’t had the guidance in basic best practices that can help keep their online experiences positive,” said Berkman Klein Fellow and “The Internet and You” author Leah Plunkett. “Our new materials aim to support educators with the right tools to empower students to better navigate the digital space.”
These new curricular materials for elementary school age youth are part of an ever-growing set of educational resources for a diverse audience of youth (elementary, middle, and high school age), teachers, parents, and school administrators. Hosted on the DLRP, these resources provide guidance on online privacy, safety, information quality, and creative expression, and can be used both in school and out-of-school contexts. Currently, the DLRP also contains free curricular resources for middle and high school age youth on topics of online privacy, reputation, and respect and boundaries—with more topics for these age groups coming soon!
We invite you to explore these building blocks of “The Internet and You” with young learners, and welcome your reflections and questions. Please contact Berkman Klein Fellow Leah Plunkett with any feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the DLRP The Digital Literacy Resources Platform is a website prototype that hosts an evolving collection of freely accessible educational resources for a diverse audience of teachers, kids and teens, parents, and school administrators. These resources include curricular modules, guides, videos, infographics, podcasts, and research papers related to the themes of online safety, privacy, creative expression, and information quality. The DLRP is designed and maintained by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, with support from the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media Literacy Trust Challenge Competition.