Digital Citizenship is a holistic and positive approach to helping children learn how to be safe and secure, as well as smart and effective participants in a digital world. Darlington is committed to teaching all students how to become positive digital citizens. That means helping them understand their rights and responsibilities, recognize the benefits and risks, and realize the personal and ethical implications of their actions. Instructional technologists teach digital citizenship ,in all curricular disciplines, and focus on three key areas:
- Safety & Security: Understanding the risks that we face from others as well as from our own conduct, and the dangers posed by applications like viruses and phishing.
- Digital Literacy: Learning how to find, sort, manage, evaluate and create information in digital forms. These literacy skills build on but are somewhat different from the traditional literacy of reading and writing.
- Ethics & Community: Becoming aware of and practicing appropriate and ethical behaviors in a variety of digital environments. This area includes shaping your digital reputation and being a responsible citizen of the communities in which you participate, from social networks, to games, to neighborhood civic forums.
Have fun being part of your child’s experience.
- Learn from your children: Ask them to teach you how to get into a chat room or “blog”
- Have them show you their favorite online destinations
- Check and use e-mail with some regularity
- Know the services your child uses. Have them show you how to logon
Set reasonable rules and guidelines for computer use by your children.
- Discuss these rules and post them near the computer as a reminder
- Monitor their compliance with these rules
Respect your child’s privacy but make certain they know personally everyone on their “buddy” list. No Strangers Allowed!
- Chat room “friends” are not always who they say they are
- Someone indicating that “she” is a “12-year-old girl” could in reality be a 40-year-old man
Keep the computer where everyone sees the screen. No Hidden Screens!
- Never allow a computer with internet access in your child’s bedroom
Keep personal information private. No Personal Posting!
- Your name
- Phone number
- Friend’s or family names
- Your school name
- Any information that tells who you are or where you can be found (including pictures)
- Make usernames generic and anonymous
Report strangers who solicit meetings with any child.
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678
- Teach your child how to recognize and avoid predators
- Responsible adults do not pursue relationships with minors
- Be good cyber citizens
- Know how to exit an inappropriate website
- Remember that not everything you read online may be true