Digital Citizenship Week
We are sharing tips surrounding digital citizenship that applies to all students, teachers, and parents that will make your online experience safer and easier. Check our website here for additional resources as we continue to teach our students how to be responsible digital citizens.
What is Digital Citizenship?
“Digital citizens think critically about what they see online and learn to make their own smart choices online and in life. That means understanding the benefits and risks of sharing information, knowing the difference between a credible news source and a sponsored ad, and balancing screen time with other activities. Cultivating these skills is essential for anyone to thrive in today's increasingly tech-driven world” (CommonSense.org).
Here are some resources to help parents with technology at home.
Some parents struggle with boundaries and can use this helpful contract to assist in keeping kids accountable for their media use.
Protect your family
This article on “The Bare Minimum You Should Do to Protect Your Family’s Data” gives great tips including:
- Use strict privacy settings in apps and on websites
- Enable two-factor authentication
- Beware of phishing scams
- Use anti-virus protection
- Don’t use unsecured WiFi networks
- Turn off location services
- Don’t let apps share data
- Tweak your home assistants like Alexa and Google Home
Here are some great online programs that students can use to learn about digital citizenship:
Digital Passport - Grades 3–5 - Over 1.4 million students have played Digital Passport, our award-winning game that teaches the fundamentals of digital citizenship and internet safety. The Digital Passport web edition is available for FREE and includes six interactive modules with student scorecards.
Digital Compass - Grades 6–8 - Digital Compass is our award-winning FREE educational game for the web, iOS, and Android that gives kids the freedom to explore how decisions made in their digital lives can affect their relationships and futures. Students will learn core digital citizenship skills by engaging with interactive storylines that let them choose their own path -- all without risking their real-world reputations. Available in English and Spanish.
Digital Bytes - Grades 8-12 - Digital Bytes is an interactive experience that gives teens the space to explore digital citizenship issues found in the real world. Teens can voice and showcase their ideas for making smart, safe, and creative choices online through student-directed, media-rich activities.