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
Access to tools; share ideas; publish creations; interact with others; discover new ideas; develop an identity
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
- Be Involved in your Child’s Digital Life to stay connected.
- Make screen time a family time
- Chat casually and regularly about media with your child
- Share ideas with other parents
- Digital Detox Routines nurture interpersonal skills.
- Device-free dinner
- Unplug while driving
- Take a vacation from email
- Configure Devices to block explicit content.
- Turn on Google Safe Search
- Subscribe to filtering service
- Restrict devices
- Consult Media Experts for ideas and information.
- Commonsensemedia.org has family contracts, discussion ideas, media recommendations and relevant blog posts.
SOME HARD TECH TRUTHS
- We can’t rely on filtering software. Stay involved.
- Users make mistakes. Preach accountability and “upstanding” behavior.
- Grown-ups can be tech-addicts, too. Discuss and model limits.
- Kids need guidance with computers. Figure it out together.
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...
- Our friend group has a group chat, but Lisa doesn’t like Alex anymore, so she started another group chat that excludes him.
- Taylor posts a mean comment about Lily on her Finsta, and Susie screenshots it and sends it to Lily.
- A random person DMs Mark on Instagram and it’s unclear what he wants.
- Grant takes his friend’s phone and as a joke sends inappropriate text messages to their friends.
- Jessica sends a bikini photo to all her streaks using SnapChat but later feels judged by her classmates for this.
- Maya knows her friend’s log-in information and when they have an argument, she logs in and removes all her followers.