Saturday, October 18, 2014

Copyright and Kids

As a Computer Teacher, I feel it is vitally important to teach kids about Copyright and the law. Kids have technology at their fingertips both at home and at school, and most middle school students are well versed in traversing the internet.

Students must understand the importance of Copyright, and what their rights may be in consideration of "Fair Use." Here is a quick Youtube video that provides an explanation about Copyright and Fair Use.

I have started a website for my 8th grade students called "Tiger's Telegraph." It was important for them to understand Fair Use in regards to photos or images they wanted to incorporate in their posts. 

I found a site that I have posted for students that outlines Fair Use for images.

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

This site discusses rules for Copyright, and even gives image websites that can be used in consideration of Fair Use. 

Please make sure you discuss Copyright with your students in class, or even as a parent to your own children. You may save students future grief and heartache by addressing this important concept now.

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