For as long as I can remember I've been using avatars to teach Internet safety. It's a fun and engaging way to teach students the importance of protecting their identities when they are online and a great prelude to using a variety of web 2.0 tools to support the curriculum.
I just collected some of the resources I regularly use and created a MentorMob
playlist for teaching students about Avatars and Internet Safety. If you want to use the playlist with your own students, just click the Share Playlist
link at the bottom, then copy and paste the embed code into your own page.