This week is Digital Citizenship Week, and there is no better time than the present to work with your student on practicing digital citizenship skills.  There are a number of great resources available to help you as a teacher focus on this during some of your classes this week.  There are also tools to help parents engage their children in conversations about posting online and establishing a positive digital footprint.

For Parents

Common Sense Media writes:

You don’t have to be an expert on texting, Instagram, Minecraft — or whatever else your kids are into — to have The Talk. Start by reading up on what’s going on in your kids’ world (for younger kids and older kids). Ask them to show you what they like online, and why. Make sure to listen 🙂 Then, express a few basic expectations, with the understanding that this isn’t a one-and-done kind of chat. Good luck (you’ll be fine)!

Click here for more tips on engaging your children in “the talk”.  For more resources , see the document below or visit the website here.

For Teachers

Common Sense Media writes:

You’re an educator, so you know better than most that technology is changing the way your students explore, interact, and learn. You also know that today, teaching students to be safe and responsible with technology is just as important as teaching the 3 R’s.

You’re on the front line of a subject nobody taught you to teach. But you don’t need to be an expert on social media, online games, and texting to have The Talk with your students. Instead of the birds and the bees, this version of The Talk is about how to be safe, responsible, and respectful online.

For more information about having “the talk” with your students, visit this site.  Also, please see the document below for more tips.  Lessons plans, links to apps, and other information are available here.

Digital Citizenship Week: October 19-23
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