Preparing Our Students to be Responsible Digital Citizens
With schools closed and summer approaching, our students are on their devices more than ever. June is also National Internet Safety Month, a great time to make sure you and your family are staying safe online and being responsible digital citizens.
What Does Being A Responsible Digital Citizen Mean?
Like being a responsible citizen in the non-digital world, being a digital citizen includes developing skills to make safe choices with our time online, our personal data, and our communication to one another on our many digital platforms, including email and social media.
Our Data, Assessment, Research, Technology, and Strategy (DARTS) team and our digital learning team have been hard at work preparing systems of support for students, their families, and our KSD staff as they become thriving digital citizens.
“Our goal has been to develop an understanding of Digital Citizenship in everyone our team comes in contact with,” Executive Director of Organizational Effectiveness Teshon Christie explained.
Christie also explained that in KSD we have two distinct structures available to help guide our growth in this area: the Washington State Education Technology Standards from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Common Sense Media Education our district selected student and family curriculum.
These standards aim to help, “Students recognize the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.” They are also utilized to teach students to “engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.”
How Can I Help My Student Be A Responsible Digital Citizen?
From texting to looking at Instagram, think about some of the many ways your student may use their phone or other devices throughout the day. Do you know which sites they visit most frequently? Do you know what information, like their birthday or location they’re sharing?
Like most things, the best way to find out is to have a conversation with your child about their online activities and to try to help them understand anything they share online is available for the world to see and save.
What Resources Are Available to Help?
Below are more resources and information you can use to help you and your family become responsible digital citizens: