February's Digital Citizenship Tip

As a digital citizen it is important to identify fact and fiction online. Try to help your children/students learn how to tell the difference between reliable news and research sites and those that exaggerate or skew facts. Developing news and media literacy is essential since there are so many resources that tell different stories and have different purposes. 
Review these posters below about Media Literacy and see if there are any tips you could teach your students about Media Literacy. Feel free to print these posters out for your classroom or show your students the digital version. 
Elementary Poster    
HS poster


January's Digital Citizenship Tip

January is a great time to reflect and marks a good half-way point for the school year. In making resolutions and working to improve, why not consider how your tech skills can be improved and learning about great, easy to use resources. Head over to Common Sense Media for some great teacher-approved resources!


December's Digital Citizenship Tip

Students and Tech: The New Landscape
Our students are digital natives.  They have never known a world without screens.  It's important for us to help them learn the digital landscape and how to balance screen time with real life activities.  This video clip will give you some insight and ideas on how to connect with your kid(s) and how to help them gain a sense of a balance.


November's Digital Citizenship Tip

Navigating a digital world can be challenging. There are many questions parents and students have about how to keep their identity safe and how to use digital resources ethically.  As adults, we are careful about what we post online and we keep tabs on our privacy settings and formulate secure passwords. Our kids, however, may not be so savvy.  Have a discussion with your child about their "digital footprint."  The following video gives a fantastic description about what a digital footprint is and how it begins before we are even born.  


October's Digital Citizenship Tip

As people get more access to technology, we have more demands for our time and attention. Multitasking may seem like a good idea but can be counterproductive. The attached graphic illustrates how much time is lost by multitasking and other negative effects. Try some tips to cut down on distractions like turning off email notifications, silencing your phone while you sleep or work, set up "no cell phone" times or zones at home and school, etc. 


September's Digital Citizenship Tip

   The new school year is a great time to set expectations and rules for safely using the Internet. ISTE Standard 2 (Links to an external site.)
: Digital Citizen states, 'Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.'

  Being SMART on the Internet is an easy way to remember the guidelines: Safe, Meeting, Accepting, Reliable and Tell.