Digital Citizenship

Basic Copyright
What is Copyright?

Copyright is a Federal law that protects your work or anyone else's work from being copied, changed, or used without permission. In other words, when you create a story, poem, picture, or any other works, it belongs to you. Other people have to get permission to use it.

What is Fair Use?

Fair Use is a set of guidelines that allows you to use part of copyrighted works for educational purposes such as a report or multimedia presentation.

Fair Use Guidelines:
Up to 1000 words, but not more than 10% of the book or article

Up to 250 words or the entire poem if less than 250 words
No more than 3 poems by the same author
No more than 5 poems in a collection of poetry

Photographs or Drawings:
Up to 5 graphics or photographs by the same person
No more than 15 images from a collection
Images cannot be changed.

Up to 3 minutes but no more than 10% of the entire video
The video clip cannot be changed.

Up to 30 seconds but no more than 10% of sheet music
Up to 30 seconds but no more than 10% of recording
The music cannot be changed in any major way.

Remember to cite your sources.
Multimedia presentation must include a statement indicating fair use for educational purposes.
Copyright information must be included in bibliography.

If using online sites for information, check the copyright regulations. Some sites allow use of information without copyright infringement.
The following links will provide more information about copyright and general guidelines:

CyberBee Copyright for Kids (interactive)

Copyright in an Electronic Environment
Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) is an internationally active non-profit organisation that provides free licences for creators to use when making their work available to the public. These licences help the creator to give permission for others to use the work in advance under certain conditions.
Public or government web sites will often allow educational use of their media. Check the site's Terms of Use to find out what is allowed. Several zoos and libraries offer media to students for projects.
US Fish and Wildlife
Many digital resources are available.

National Park Images
This is a searchable database.

BLM Images
This is a searchable database.

Pics for Learning
Another photo rich resource of images to use.

Images for Educators and Students
Lots of friendly images are located here. Many useful for science.

Resources from the US Government
You may use these in your educational works.

World Images Library
Here are all sorts of great visual images.

Animal Photos
Here are images of animals that are available to use.
Here are several search engines that will filter your search by license. Follow the links to verify they do fall under CC licensing for your use.
Royalty Free Music
From Kevin MacLeod. CC license attribution.
Creative Commons Sites for Music   
Here are several sites that allow you to use their music.
Free Music Archive
Free downloads of music to use in projects. Remember to cite your source, please.
Sound Effects
Search a database of free sound effects.
Digital Citizenship Resources
Be Internet Awesome Laptop image
To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.
For Educators
The Be Internet Awesome curriculum gives educators the tools and methods they need to teach digital safety fundamentals. The materials developed by Google in partnership with iKeepSafe enable educators to bring the most critical teachings—and the excitement of Interland—into the classroom.
Included in the curriculum are lesson plans for the five topics, with activities and worksheets that were designed to complement Interland.  
Pear Deck educators worked with Google to create custom, interactive presentations to accompany the Be Internet Awesome lessons. Designed for use in the classroom, each presentation provides teachers with a simple way to introduce a concept related to digital literacy and guide students through related activities. 
“The #BeInternetAwesome resources were already great, but combined with @PearDeck interactvity, they are a truly #awesome way to engage students in #DigCit activities. ”
All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life.  Help students take ownership of their digital lives.  Common Sense digital citizenship topics include media balance, cyberbullying, news and media literacy, online privacy, digital footprint, and communication.