To be literate in a digital world, children have to pay attention to the information being conveyed, the media through which it is transmitted, and the technology that makes it possible. How a child composes an email, YouTube video, web page or social networking profile is impacted by the choices they make about the information, media and technology they will use. In turn, those choices greatly influence how other individuals will perceive their message and the meaning they will make from it. ---- www.ciconline.org
Guidelines for students to follow while interacting in an online environment:
- Never share names, schools, ages, phone numbers, or addresses.
- Never open an email from a stranger – it may contain viruses that can harm a computer.
- Never send pictures to strangers or view pictures that strangers send to them.
- Keep passwords private (except to parents).
- Tell a trusted adult if something mean or inappropriate happens on the Internet.
More information about Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety by grade level
- Common Sense Media - Tips for Elementary School Parents
- Common Sense Media - Tips for Middle School Parents
- Advice for High School Students & Parents
Resources and materials to help you start the discussion with your kids or students
- Digital Footprint
- Digital Citizenship
- Keeping Kids Safe Online
- Encouraging Digital Citizenship
- Digital Life: Our Connected Culture