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Cybersafe Young Children

Teaching Internet Safety and Responsibility, K–3

Barbara Sprung Merle Froschl Nancy Gropper Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

128 pages
Teachers College Press
Learn how to integrate lessons about good digital citizenship into the daily life of the early childhood classroom. Based on reviews of empirical research, this book addresses the need for a new educational paradigm that will enable educators to help young children develop the skills and ethical behaviors they will need to thrive in both the real and digital worlds. Cybersafe Young Children provides a rationale for addressing issues of cyber safety and children’s usage of social media in the early grades to prevent later harmful behavior, such as cyberbullying. Written from a developmental perspective, it offers practical classroom strategies for fostering positive digital citizenship in young children. Book Features: Addresses cyber safety before children become fully immersed in digital communication. Reviews important research with practical applications for K–3 teachers. Grounded in social emotional learning, literacy, executive function, and conceptual skill development. Provides suggested readings and annotated lists of children’s books and organizational resources.
Author Bio
Barbara Sprung has over 40 years of experience in early childhood education as a teacher and innovator. Merle Froschl is director of Educational Equity at FHI 360. Nancy Gropper is former associate dean for academic affairs (now retired) at Bank Street Graduate School of Education. They are coauthors of Supporting Boys' Learning: Strategies for Teacher Practice, Pre-K–Grade 3.