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Kiwi commons is a web-based community that is passionate about internet safety. We educate teachers, youth workers, and parents about internet safety - issues ranging from online security to risks that are emerging and avoidance.

We provide resources and tools that allow for individuals to be informed, more importantly, implement different tactics that will allow for a safe, worry-free online experience. Stay in the loop by visiting

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Spring Break Safety

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Spring Break is right around the corner (some have already began their mid-season vacations) and Kiwi put together a list of tips and faux pas for both students and parents to consider during their holiday. A simple Google search on 'Spring Break' will provide a myriad of pictures displaying both young guys and girls, half naked and doing things that I am sure most teachers and parents would not approve of. Of course not all kids and teens will engage in the typical MTV type Spring Break, but… Continue

Ontario Testing Online Homework Help

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 1:28pm 0 Comments

The Ministry of Education in Ontario, Canada has recently launched a a very interesting system in which students can seek homework help online. The program is specifically designed for grade 7 to 10 math students and users can log into the website ( where they can chat with the online tutors who are available form 5:30pm to 9:30pm from Sunday through Thrusday.

I find the concept… Continue

School Allegedly Used Webcams to Spy on Students - Is this Unethical?

Posted on February 26, 2010 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

A school district in Pennsylvania is in a bit of trouble after allegedly using webcams on school laptops to monitor their students in and outside of school using spy software. The students and parents were uninformed about the use of this software and discovered it only after one student was called to his principal's office for bad behavior in his home. The principal then used a picture taken with the spy software to prove his case.

While the school district… Continue

Cyber Bullying vs. Freedom of Speech

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 8:00am 2 Comments

I've just come across yet another case that calls into question just how involved a school should be when it comes to disciplining cyber bullying. A student in Florida is suing her former principal after she was suspended back in 2007 for creating a Facebook criticizing one of her teachers. The page, which was up only for a few days, had current and past students commenting on the teacher's abilities, some for and some against.

Two months later, the student, Katherine Evans, was… Continue

Pheobe Prince Commits Suicide Because of Cyber Bullying

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 8:00am 0 Comments

In the last few weeks, I have come across a slew of cyber bullying cases, each becoming more serious than the last. But it was the story of a young girl named Phoebe Prince that really hit home.

Phoebe Prince, 15, committed suicide due to what reports are saying was a case of cyber bullying. The young teen was victim to harassing Internet and text messages from alleged older ‘mean girls’ who were unhappy…


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At 9:41am on July 6, 2011, paul sabyan said…

I'm in Ontario, I asked my students how they felt  if i asked them to use their cell phones, mobile devices to work on a project. I got the sense that most felt it was an invasion of their personal space and were uncomfortable/cautious about having someone put controls on its use even within a classroom project. They do not see it as a tool or resource for learning.





At 1:38pm on March 3, 2010, Leon Avrech said…
Hi Kiwi, Leon Avrech San Jose CA. On a different topic, I would like to let you and your friends know that I recently had a book published that will be a huge help to new or soon to be middle school/jr high teachers. "THINK YOU CAN TEACH? A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS". It covers from the first day on campus to end of year evaluation and is meant to inspire teachers to succeed. Available on It you tweet on books, if that is the right expression or my name the other info on the book should show up.
At 11:33am on June 1, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Kiwi Commons,

With your work in Web Safety, to get the word out I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service.

Here’s a Public Class on Technology Integration you might be interested in given by Nellie Deutsch.



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