The Power of Kindness and Caring about Students and Teachers.. Parry Aftab

As a teacher, most of what I do was prescribed, though I found permission to do many things I liked within the school groups, and groups that support teachers. I found surprising support for students and all the things I care about in emotional learning and intelligence with a group that I never knew about in school. Art Wolinsky and I are friend who have worked together in preparing teachers for the use of technology. He invited me to attend a special conference in Washington DC.  I attend a lot of workshops in DC. I was surprised that this one seemed to be run by kids. What I mean is that children were organizing the events of the day. That was refreshing. There were experts all around. When you travel in DC, you notice the people who come to workshops. It seems we were there to listen and then participate. That was different. We did get to do panels, but the stories of sharing, the events were mostly done by students.

*Art Wolinsky and I have been friends since the use of technology in schools was started. so we are tech savvy.

The Wired Safety Conference

You may want to know about it so that you can participate in the next one,

You will find lots of resources, information and ideas here.,

About Parry Aftab –

Parry is one of the leading experts in cyberlaw and Internet safety and security in the world. Her Internet safety charity,, is comprised of thousands of unpaid volunteers, including Parry herself. They help Internet users with anything that goes wrong online and help teach safe, private and responsible interactive technology work. They deal with predators, cyberbullying, harassment and stalking, hate, piracy, privacy and misinformation and hype. Her educational videos and animations are available to share and use.  This was interesting to me that the resources were free.
In schools , usually we have to pay to get good resources . I was thrilled to find out that not only are there great resources , but that the students, were grass roots activists in the program, and I met my first teenangel. You can meet some here.
Nice videos here for you.

Parry comes to the educators at

This is how she became an ambassador to the community.

As a teacher I never had much instruction about digital citizenship, cyberbullying and the problems of students with technology tools. I am a pioneering educator, but the field has become very large and there are lots of problems to tackle. Social networking is also an area of concern for many parents.

So here were a lot of students, kids, at various levels of learning who were sharing their stories, ideas and creating synergy in their schools. It was fascinating . Parry was the architect of the project, but clearly the students were well trained,  and savvy. Some were doing internships and others creating opportunties for others.

WiredKids Summit – June 8, 2011

Senate Russell Building, Washington D.C.

The summit is given each year entirely by Tweenangels and Teenangels. They give awards to their favorite sites and to people they recognize have made the Internet safer. Kids on the stage, adults in the audience; industry, policymakers, law enforcement. They present research they conduct and teach adults what they need to know.

Often cybersafety messages come from the top down, parents to kids. But almost as often the kids know more about technology than their parents. Every year this summit is given on Capitol Hill, giving the teens and tweens a chance to show leaders in industry and government how much they know.

Senator Menendez provided the room for the summit and was in attendance. Here arecomments from his Facebook page.

Bonnie Bracey’s Blog Post shares pictures and her thoughts about the day.

Art Wolinsky’s Blog Post talks about what WiredSafety and the annual summit means to him amd the thousands of other volunteers around the world.

Leticia’s Tech Saavy Mom’s Blog Post shares what the day meant for her and others.

ABCsThe Ridgewood Chapter of WiredSafety’s Tweenangels presented their version of the ABC’s of Cyberbullyiing. You can download a PDF version of the presentation for use with elementary school children.
Animoto Video of the 12th Annual WiredKids Summit

Teenangels are WiredSafety’s award-winning teen cybersafety expert group who have been specially trained by the local law enforcement, and many other leading safety …
But wait there is more. I was working in an educational community of thought and we needed to think about how we could do
preservice education. So I invited Parry Aftab to the conference. She accepted, came and shared knowledge with our learning community.  She shared websites, a game, and posters. She shared the idea of the teacher tool kit with us.
Most of all I like the game. I like the game because it is a way for teacher to share the ideas of Cyberbullying and for teachers who use it to learn. I was an alpha learner. Parry teases me about the fact that I got some of the information wrong. It’s true, so the game was modified to create learning and teacher resources. I love it and this website.  Parents, and community people can learn a lot just from the flash presentation on the site.
Stop Cyberbullying
Parent Information
Here is information for parents to learn with
This is a tool and a game. Alex Wonder
We are also reprogramming our multimedia feeder tool, so while we code, visit and download the Alex Wonder Game from there. And come back for the real thing soon. Trust us, it’s worth the wait. And here are two of our cyberbullying videos/animations. Enjoy!
Wake up and smell the silicon: From smartphones and apps to computers and social networks, technology has permanently invaded kids’ lives, much to the benefit of parents and educators. But with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad now topping children’s wish lists, kids aged 2 to 5 are more equipped to run apps than tie their own shoelaces. In the rush to place high-tech and mobile devices in so many hands, we’re also doing perilously little to prepare adults and kids alike for life in a connected world, potentially endangering future generations. We must be on the move to create digital citizenship initiatives.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton

Should You” shoot” your Child’s Computer? Digital Citizenship is a Better Solution

Is it Ever OK to Shoot Your Child’s Computer?

                                                  We have a better solution.



                                                   digital citizenship      

                                              Here is a  description of sooial media and digital citizenship.

 The Project Digital Generation

 Many of today’s kids are born digital — born into a media-rich, networked world of infinite possibilities. But their digital lifestyle is about more than just cool gadgets; it’s about engagement, self-directed learning, creativity, and empowerment. The Digital Generation Project tells their stories so that educators and parents can understand how kids learn, communicate, and socialize in very different ways than any previous generation.

    Facebook’s Digital Citizenship Research Grants


Facebook’s Digital Citizenship Research Grants support world-class research to improve our understanding of how social media can impact the next generation. In August 2011, we invited academic and non-profit institutions to apply for the $200,000 in grants funding research that highlights trends associated with digital citizenship. Nearly 100 researchers from more than 10 countries submitted outstanding applications. Based on in-depth evaluation from a team of Facebook employees and our Safety Advisory Board, we are awarding the inaugural Digital Citizenship Research Grants to these four researchers who will advance our global understanding of digital citizenship.


Our Grantees

Dr. Shaheen Shariff, McGill University

Professor Shaheen Shariff, undertakes research focused on youth and digital media. She guides schools, parents, teens and policy-makers to navigate a balance between online free expression, privacy and safety. Her recent bilingual website, Define the Line helps develop resources, workshops and interactive online forums to reduce cyberbullying and enhance responsible digital citizenship. The DFL team will survey how school kids define the lines between friendly online joking or teasing, and hurtful cyberbullying. They will also examine how teens define the lines between public and private online spaces.


Dr. Michael Searson, SITE

Dr. Searson is President of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) and heads the School for Global Education and Innovation program at Kean University. SITE represents approximately 1500 educators, from about 500 institutions of higher education throughout the world. In these roles, Dr. Searson works with educators across the globe to explore issues related to information technologies, informal learning, mobile devices and social media.The SITE project will bring together a coalition of international scholars, researchers and practitioners who will develop an open source course and course modules for the preparation of future teachers to teach digital citizenship.


Shari Kessel Schneider, Education Development Center (EDC)

Shari Kessel Schneider is a researcher with the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), a global nonprofit dedicated to designing and evaluating programs that address challenges in health and education. Schneider has done extensive work in the fields of bullying and suicide prevention and has been conducting research on cyberbullying trends since 2006. Working with a large group of school districts, the EDC will engage school leaders, parents, and teens to examine existing programs and policies but also to uncover ideas for new strategies and linkages to encourage positive use of social media. Schools across the country are being mandated to take steps to address cyberbullying and protect the health and safety of youth both at school and online. This research will look at the roles of educators, parents and social networking sites to determine how they can work together.


Janice Richardson, European Schoolnet (EUN)

Janice Richardson is a senior adviser at European Schoolnet (EUN), an umbrella organization that works with 33 Ministries of Education across Europe to raise internet safety awareness and to transform teaching and learning through the integration of innovative technology. EUN’s grant will be used for their Social Media in Learning and Education (SMILE) Action Research project to investigate the issues of how much teachers are benefitting from the full potential of social media tools. In addition, the SMILE project will create an online learning course and mentoring techniques for educators.