MAMARONECK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT

FOSTERING DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP PTA TALK

Digital Citizenship: online participation and expression in a safe, ethical manner.

LIVING IN A HASHTAG WORLD

How can we learn to parent our digital natives?

TEACHING DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP AT SCHOOL

Privileges

Access to tools; share ideas; publish creations; interact with others; discover new ideas; develop an identity

Responsibilities

Secure information; communicate ethically; credit sources; report bullying; differentiate truth from propaganda; protect identity

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Challenges and Opportunities

WHAT SORT OF DIGITAL CITIZEN WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CHILD TO BE?

How would you like your child to participate and express him/herself online?  How might you help them become that person?


COMMON SENSE SUGGESTIONS

SOME HARD TECH TRUTHS

  1. We can’t rely on filtering software. Stay involved.
  2. Users make mistakes. Preach accountability and “upstanding” behavior.
  3. Grown-ups can be tech-addicts, too. Discuss and model limits.
  4. Kids need guidance with computers. Figure it out together.

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Kid-to-Kid Advice: respect others’ feelings, realize the consequences, remember that nothing online is private, (and have fun).


THE ROARING TWEENS  Based on actual events...

  1. Our friend group has a group chat, but Lisa doesn’t like Alex anymore, so she started another group chat that excludes him.

  1. Taylor posts a mean comment about Lily on her Finsta, and Susie screenshots it and sends it to Lily.

  1. A random person DMs Mark on Instagram and it’s unclear what he wants.

  1. Grant takes his friend’s phone and as a joke sends inappropriate text messages to their friends.

  1. Jessica sends a bikini photo to all her streaks using SnapChat but later feels judged by her classmates for this.

  1. Maya knows her friend’s log-in information and when they have an argument, she logs in and removes all her followers.