e-Learning for Educators
Course Information

Cyber Safety for Educators for Active WV Educators
Course Description

According to Verizon in an April, 2009 press release, "Digitalization is enabling just about anything ever written, recorded or photographed to be placed online, so new ways must be found to protect intellectual property. As more and more commerce is conducted on the Web, there needs to be renewed vigilance to protect personal information and guard against unscrupulous spammers and fraudsters. Whether it's the nuisance of spam e-mails, the destructiveness of spyware worms and viruses, identity theft, or the risk of exposing their children to online predators, Americans are increasingly concerned about issues involving "online safety". 

This course on Cyber Safety for Educators provides information about using Internet resources safely. Participants are presented with insights into possible dangers student users face as well as guidelines to help safeguard them as they utilize the vast resources of the Web.

Course Syllabus


This course on Cyber Safety for Educators provides information about using Internet resources safely. Participants are presented with insights into possible dangers student users face as well as guidelines to help safeguard them as they utilize the vast resources of the Web. 

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • identify risks of students' use of the Internet,
  • identify Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) of state/county/school to provide guidelines for student safety on the Internet,
  • recognize the need for promoting cyber safety for our students,
  • define and recognize spam, scams and other intruders,
  • use recommended ways of reducing/preventing Internet invasions on their computers,
  • know where/how to report Internet invasions of their privacy,
  • understand fair use as it applies to students utilizing web resources,
  • identify characteristics of plagiarism,
  • understand dangers inherent in illegal downloading,
  • become familiar with copyright laws as they apply to web resources,
  • gain experience with some online social networking areas,
  • recognize dangers of sharing personal information online,
  • understand precautions for using social networking sites,
  • define and recognize cyberbullying and cyberstalking,
  • know how/where to report Internet abuse/misuse,
  • understand precautions that can/should be taken to safeguard users of the Internet,
  • acquire knowledge about cyber safety issues involving cell phones and other mobile devices, 
  • review and discuss the use of cell phones in the classroom, and
  • create an original cyber safety quiz.


This professional development course is designed for K-12 teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists and administrators. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet and navigating through computer files. Access to Microsoft Office is recommended. 

Format And Requirements

This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions plus an Orientation Session which each include readings, activities and online discussions among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be 6.5 to 7 hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:

Session One

Cyber Safety: Protecting Our Students

Session Two

Spam, Scams and Other Intrusions

Session Three

Legal and Ethical Use of the Web

Session Four

Online Communities: Social Networking

Session Five

Responsibilities of Students, Parents and Educators

Session Six

Cell Phones and Other Mobile Devices

Each week's session is designed to provide readings, activities and discussions of current topics related to cyber safety for students in school and at home. The sessions flow from an introduction of what cybersafety addresses, spam, scams and other intrusions that may endanger students, legal and ethical concerns about the use of web resources, social networking opportunities and inherent concerns, risks, right and responsibilities of users and providers, investigation of risks of cell phone use as well as the task educators face to educate, engage, and empower students in making the best use of web resources while observing precautions.  


Orientation Quiz: During the Orientation Session, participants are expected to complete the Orientation Quiz. The quiz may be taken as many times as necessary to score the required 90% proficiency.

Readings and Activities: Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory.

Discussion Participation: Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum. This course has dual discussion posting for each session. Please post your original reflections referencing, in your own words, specific session readings and activities by Sunday night. Then, respond thoughtfully to at least two of your colleagues’ original postings in a respectful, professional manner by Monday night making sure to extend or expand the conversation by adding new ideas or examples. Finally, log in and determine that you have read all the original messages and at least half (50%) of the total messages posted for the session by Tuesday night.

Your facilitator will follow these guidelines and the checklist when evaluating successful participation in the course Discussions. You may also be asked to peer review other participants' projects in the Discussions using PQP.

Final Product: Participants will complete several activities and projects during the course ranging from locating cyber safety websites and games for students; identifying Internet scams and spam and the actions to be taken against them; passing a quiz about copyright, fair use and file downloading; reviewing some social networking sites; outlining the responsibilities of students, parents and educators for stopping cyberbullying and cyberstalking; and developing a cyber safety quiz for students. Templates, directions and rubrics for these activities will be found in the appropriate session content. Participants will submit completed templates to the dropbox during Sessions One, Two, Four, Five, and Six. 

Copyright: Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities. All work associated with the course project is to be the original work of the course participant. Fair Use does not apply to the course project.

Grades: All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.

Pre and Post Workshop Surveys: Participants are expected to complete both surveys. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday during Session Six.

Certificate Of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, Cyber Safety for Educators, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via attachment to the Session Six Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.

Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Concord University or Marshall University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

Content And Technology Standards

This workshop, Cyber Safety for Educators, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (http://edtechleaders.org/documents/NETSAdminTeachers.pdf), especially Standards II, III, IV, and V.For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org

In addition, participants will identify specific WV Content Standards and Objectives (http://wvde.state.wv.us/csos/) as they engage in course content.

About This Course

This workshop was developed for the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us) under the guidance of the EdTech Leaders Online (http://edtechleaders.org) at Education Development Center. EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities.

Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007.  All rights reserved.