Developing Digital Citizens
We are committed to encouraging our students to use technology and recognize the importance of establishing safe and appropriate practices. On a division-wide basis, we teach guidelines on how technology should be used appropriately, allowing our students to develop in a world where it serves human values, encourages creativity, protects ownership, and establishes the foundation for becoming a responsible digital citizen.
Digital citizenship is a term that summarizes important privileges and duties of every computer user. It is well presented on digitalcitizenship.net where author Mike Ribble divides it into nine elements referring to digital respect, education, and protection. Some of these principles are straight-forward and can easily be understood by students, while others require careful, professional guidance and sound understanding. All are important in making sure kids are safe.
The following resources also provide help on guidance on developing digital citizens.
Parents’ Guide to YouTube
Answers to parents' most common questions about how to use YouTube safely.
Parents Guide to Kids and Cell Phones
Everything you need to know before you buy your child a cell phone.
Faux Paw the Techno Cat
The Faux Paw books and animated DVD series will captivate the attention of your young children and illustrate the important principles you desperately want to teach them about the safe and responsible use of technology.
Parents’ Guide to Facebook
Designed to teach parents how to help their teens strengthen their privacy safety on Facebook.
Power to Learn – Internet Smarts
Interactive units on important safety topics. Designed to provide parents with timely and relevant information related to children’s digital media safety these interactive units provide in-depth, practical and "how to" information.
Edutopia’s Guide to Assistive Technology
An educator's and parent's guide to websites, blogs, articles, and videos that provide information and tools related to understanding, selecting, and assessing assistive technology and accessible instructional materials.
Net Family News
This blog from Anne Collier provides timely articles for parents and educators on the latest in children and technology use news
This free guide contains advice for parents of kids at different ages (young children, tweens and teens) on social networking, cell phones, cyberbullying and file sharing.
Talk to Your Kids
Tips for chatting with kids about being online
On Guard Online
This site contains information about protecting your child’s privacy rights online as well as parents’ rights. In addition, this site contains resources about video game ratings, parent controls, child identity theft, and advice for talking to your children about smartphone/cellphone use, chatting online, and cyberbullying.