Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

Keeping Students Safe in a Digital World

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We  may think of our kids’ online, mobile, and technological activities as “digital life,” but to them it’s just life. In their world, being able to connect and communicate 24/7 from just about any location is normal.  Phones aren’t simply for phone calls anymore but for listening to music, sending texts, filming videos, snapping and sharing photos, and accessing the Internet. Our kids are using computers and tablets to socialize, stream video, and create movies and songs. And they can  connect and communicate 24/7 from just about any location.

 

Why Does Digital Citizenship Matter?

Newman  Elementary strives to provide our students with the tools to make good  choices, and a diversified technical knowledge to enhance their success.  Teachers and students will use these skills to stimulate curiosity and develop critical thinking in all areas of teaching and the learning cycle.  We also want our students to be aware of inappropriate  content and of exposure to risks such as:

  • Cyber bullying
  • Compromising their privacy
  • Inappropriate Texts
  • Digital relationships
  • Establishing a damaging Digital Footprint

That’s why Newman has partnered with Common Sense Media to provide resources, tips, videos, and other materials to help parents  and teachers keep our students safe in the digital world. Click on the  Family Tips link in the navigation panel to view and download helpful  information on how to encourage your children to become responsible  digital citizens.

 

Digital Citizenship Vision Statement

Every  student at Newman Elementary School will become a responsible digital  citizen who knows how to harness the learning potential of digital media in a 24/7 connected world, safely, effectively, ethically, and  respectfully. In order to accomplish this goal, each year students in Grades 1, 3, and 5 will receive at least 3 hours of instruction on how  to become a responsible digital citizen.

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