What is digital citizenship?
In the simplest of terms, digital citizenship is using digital media and technology responsibly and appropriately. Click the video link to learn more about digital citizenship and why it is important Common Sense Education Video
Why is digital citizenship important?
Technology and digital media have evolved and are changing at a rapid pace. This brings incredible experiences and challenges to our students. At school and at home students use technology to explore, create and learn in exciting new ways. These technologies also potentially expose students to harmful situations like cyberbullying, cheating and plagiarism.
What will my student learn?
Students learn basic internet safety, the importance of protecting private information, digital footprints, creating strong passwords and using technology responsibly. They learn strategies for dealing with and avoiding cyberbullying and using social media safely and appropriately. Students learn about plagiarism, evaluating web resources, citing sources and giving credit to creators when using the work of others.
How does the CCPS Media Program answer American Association of School Librarians National Standards?
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Learner Standards address digital citizenship through the Engage shared foundation and key competencies. Calling for learners to “Demonstrate safe, legal, and ethical creating and sharing of knowledge products independently while engaging in a community of practice and in an interconnected world.” Through the CCPS media program our learners develop these skills by learning to cite resources used for research and to use the creative works of others responsibly. Learners develop an understanding of privacy and how to safely use and interact with technology while protecting themselves and personal information. Learners develop the skills to evaluate information for accuracy and appropriateness to fit their needs. Our learner’s journey to develop these skills lasts through their entire time in CCPS. The complete AASL Learners Standards can be found at https://standards.aasl.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/AASL-Learner-Framework-Spread.pdf
How can you help at home?
Parents and guardians can help students learn and practice their digital citizenship skills in a number of ways.
Model good digital citizenship skills consistently yourself
Evaluate your student’s social media use based on their age and maturity level
Discuss appropriate use of social media with your student/s
Make sure your student understands what cyberbullying is and that they can talk to you if they encounter it
Additional resources to continue the conversation at home are listed below
The website Common Sense Media, https://www.commonsensemedia.org/, is a high quality place to start for information.
- Digital citizenship for kids
Family tips page - https://www.commonsense.org/education/lesson/family-tip-sheets/en
Stop Bullying https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/prevention/index.html
EAVI Phone Privacy https://eavi.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/secret-agent-guide-phone-privacy_EAVI_ENG1.pdf
- Information Literacy Links
EAVI Guide to Misleading News https://eavi.eu/beyond-fake-news-10-types-misleading-info/