You have probably heard the phrase “digital citizenship” and aren’t exactly sure what that means. A person who uses the Internet regularly, as many of us do, is a digital citizen. Digital citizenship refers to the appropriate and responsible use of technology. We are teaching our MCW students to be responsible digital citizens and to use technology appropriately…and we could use your help. Below are some tips to help your student be responsible and safe on-line.
* Talk to your son/daughter about online safety and manners. Remind him/her to keep private information private.
* Review your student’s online activity including mobile apps, texts, posts, and contacts. Be aware of what they are doing online.
* Stay current on the newest apps your child may be using to communicate with friends (or strangers).
* Model responsible online etiquette. In the words of a wise person, “If you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see it or read it, don’t post it.”
*Consider everything that you and your children post online to be public and permanent. Many colleges and employers will google applicants before accepting them for college or hiring them for a job.
* For additional resources about online safety and digital citizenship, check out the following links:
There will be a social media presentation at MCW Jr/Sr High School on Monday, January 30. A presenter from the FBI will be talking to the students in grades 7-9 and 10-12 about the potential dangers of social media and using it appropriately. Parents are also welcome to attend. More information about times will be coming after break.
Technology can be a useful tool for communication, education, and entertainment when used appropriately. When it is not used responsibly, it can be harmful to friendships, relationships, reputations, and future opportunities. Please join us in helping our students become responsible digital citizens.
Allison Schmidt, Superintendent