We, at SACS, strongly believe in the power of collaboration between schools and parents to ensure the safety and well-being of our students in the ever-evolving digital world. As technology continues to shape our lives, we recognize the importance of fostering responsible digital citizenship and equipping our students with the necessary skills to navigate the online landscape safely. We are committed to partnering with parents to provide comprehensive support, guidance, and resources that empower both students and families to make informed decisions, foster positive digital behavior, and protect our children from potential risks. Together, we can create a secure and nurturing environment that promotes responsible digital engagement and enables our students to thrive in today's interconnected society.
Digital Citizenship FAQ’s
Digital citizenship refers to the responsible and ethical use of technology, including the internet, social media, and digital devices. It encompasses various aspects such as online safety, digital etiquette, privacy, and responsible digital behavior.
It's important to teach children about online safety. Here are some tips: encourage them to create strong passwords, avoid sharing personal information online, recognize and report cyberbullying, and understand the risks associated with interacting with strangers online.
A digital footprint refers to the information people leave behind online. It's important because the content individuals share online can have lasting consequences. Encourage your child to maintain privacy settings on social media, be mindful of what they share online, and understand the potential consequences of sharing inappropriate content.
If your child is experiencing cyberbullying, it's essential to provide support. Encourage them to talk openly about their experiences, save evidence, and report the incidents to the school or appropriate authorities. Additionally, teach them strategies to respond to cyberbullying and promote a culture of kindness and empathy.
There are several helpful resources available. We recommend checking trusted websites, books, videos, and online platforms that provide guidance on digital citizenship topics. We provide a list of recommended resources for you to explore below.
Foster open lines of communication with your child. Encourage them to share their online experiences, ask questions, and discuss any concerns they may have. Listen attentively and offer guidance and support when needed.
Remember, digital citizenship is an ongoing conversation, and staying engaged with your child's digital life is vital. If you have specific concerns or questions, please reach out to us.
Resources for Families
Common Sense Media: Offers a wide range of resources, including articles, videos, and lesson plans on digital citizenship and online safety. Website: www.commonsensemedia.org
Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI): Provides tips, guides, and resources for parents on topics such as online safety, privacy, and digital well-being. Website: www.fosi.org
National PTA: Offers resources and guides for parents to promote safe and responsible internet use for children and teens. Website: www.pta.org
ConnectSafely: Provides resources on internet safety, privacy, cyberbullying, and digital citizenship for parents, educators, and students. Website: www.connectsafely.org
Cyberwise: Offers a collection of articles, videos, and resources to help parents and educators navigate the digital world with children. Website: www.cyberwise.org
NetSmartz Workshop: Provides educational resources, videos, and interactive games to teach children and parents about internet safety and responsible online behavior. Website: www.netsmartz.org
iKeepSafe: Offers a variety of resources and tools for parents, including online safety guides, lesson plans, and advice on managing technology use. Website: www.ikeepsafe.org
StaySafeOnline: Provides tips and resources on online safety, privacy, and cybersecurity for parents and families. Website: www.staysafeonline.org
Google Safety Center: Offers resources, tips, and tools for parents to help their families navigate the digital world safely. Website: safety.google
Parenting for a Digital Future: Research-based blog with articles and insights on digital parenting, children's online experiences, and digital literacy. Website: www.parenting.digital
Remember to explore these resources and adapt them to your specific needs as a parent. Each of these websites provides valuable information to help you navigate the digital landscape and support your child's digital citizenship journey.