What is Digital Citizenship? We teach our children the difference between right and wrong so they can grow up to be responsible citizens. The world is a much different place than the one we grew up in. With technology constantly evolving, our kids need to learn the dos and don'ts when using technology... what we call Digital Citizenship, to stay safe in our Digital World.
Listed below is a new Digital Citizenship web page created by N.I.S.D on the rights, roles and responsibilities of a Digital Citizen. This is excellent information for parents, teachers and students. Click here for categories of information.
There are a number of risks and concerns for kids and teens related to technology:
- Exposure to Inappropriate Material
- Sexual Solicitation
- Harassment and Bullying (Cyberbullying)
- Theft and exploitation of Personal Information
- Copyright, Fair Use and Plagiarism
How do you protect your children?
- Establish rules for Internet use
- What sites can your child visit?
- Who can they talk to?
- How long will they be online?
- Where can they use a computer?
- Keep the computer in a common room (not a child's bedroom)
- Password protect computer logon with an adult login
- Be careful of your child minimizing or closing windows when you are nearby
- Discuss the importance of telling you or a trusted adult if something ever makes your child or teen feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused while online
- Communicate with your child
- Prepare yourself beforehand
- Talk and be open with your kids and teens
- Keep discussions non-judgmental
- Keep your cool. Encourage them to confide in you.
- Be Informed
- Learn everything you can about the Internet
- Ask your kids to show you places they go.
- Learn chat room lingo by going to Netsmartz411 for a list of acronyms.
- Require your child to give you their password to any online.
accounts. Be aware that they may have more than one myspace or other
account... one for you to see and another for their friends or others to
- Follow through by periodically logging on and checking their online activities
- Bullying - GirlsHealth.gov - If you've ever been the target of harsh and unkind words, you know how hurtful it can be; this gives the low-down on bullying among girls, which is more common than you might think.
- Cyberbullying - Most of us know bullies. They hurt others to make themselves look bigger and tougher. Cyberbullies do the same kind of thing on the Internet.
- Cyberbullying - GirlsHealth.gov - Cyberbullying is repeatedly hurting someone else through the use of technology; instead of whispering a rumor to a friend, a bully might e- mail or instant message that rumor or post it for everyone to see!
- Cyberbullying - StopBullying.gov - Cyberbullying, which is sometimes referred to as online social cruelty or electronic bullying, can involve: Sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images or pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad.
- Cyberbullying & Internet Harrassment - Resources for kids and teens who have questions about or have been targeted by online harassment. (Flash required)
- Cyberbullying Prevention - Online bullying, called cyberbullying, happens when kids use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.
- FBI Cyber Surf Islands - Travel to an island and learn how to stay safe online, including protecting your information, social networking, online gaming safety and more. (Flash required)
- Heads Up - Net Cetera - When you're ready to post or send a message or a photo, download a file, game or program, or shop for something - stop for a second and think.
- Interact with Tact - Net Cetera - Socializing online can help you connect with friends and family members, but it's important to learn how to navigate these spaces safely.
- Protection Connection - Things you can do to protect yourself, protect your information (and your family's), and your computer.
- Safety - GirlsHealth.gov - It's important to know that you do have the power to help keep yourself safe, whether out with friends, surfing the web, or even while exercising.
- Teen Angels - Teenangels are aged between thirteen to eighteen years-old and they are specially trained to help make the Internet safer.
- Consider Safeguarding Options
- Check out blocking, filtering and rating applications.
- Learn how to check the computer's history.
- Look into monitoring software - it's your right as a parent.
- Education is a key part of prevention.