Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship
Keeping Students Safe in a Digital World



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


Why Does Digital Citizenship Matter?

NewmanElementary strives to provide our students with the tools to make goodchoices, and a diversified technical knowledge to enhance theirsuccess.  Teachers and students will use these skills to stimulatecuriosity and develop critical thinking in all areas of teaching and thelearning cycle.  We also want our students to be aware of inappropriatecontent 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 toprovide resources, tips, videos, and other materials to help parentsand teachers keep our students safe in the digital world. Click on theFamily Tips link in the navigation panel to view and download helpfulinformation on how to encourage your children to become responsibledigital citizens.


Digital Citizenship Vision Statement

Everystudent at Newman Elementary School will become a responsible digitalcitizen who knows how to harness the learning potential of digital mediain a 24/7 connected world, safely, effectively, ethically, andrespectfully. In order to accomplish this goal, each year students inGrades 1, 3, and 5 will receive at least 3 hours of instruction on howto become a responsible digital citizen.