Digital Citizen

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“Digital Citizenship” is a relatively new term used in schools today. Simply put, digital citizenship describes the behavior, interactions, and rules by which individuals participate in virtual spaces including everything from email to social media sites to online shopping. Similar to being a citizen of the United States being a digital citizen and interacting in virtual spaces comes with rights and responsibilities. It is becoming very important that schools, parents, and communities combine their efforts to help our young students understand responsible and creative ways to engage an ever digital world.

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On these pages are numerous resources to engage and educate parents, students, and staff in meaningful and practical activities regarding the use of technology as well as ideas for managing technology in the home and at school.

Ottawa County Child Advocacy Center's online safety video for parents and teachers. This is an excellent video for parents and their students to watch together and talk about appropriate and responsible online interactions. The video addresses three areas of concern when using online spaces: appropriate contacts, content, and conduct.

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More videos on internet safety can be found at http://www.commonsensemedia.org/video/advice/internet-safety

More videos on cyberbullying can be found at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-bullying-prevention

Managing Technology With Parent-Student Contracts

13-year-old’s iPhone comes with 18-point contract from mom - NY Daily NewsPerhaps you saw the recent story on Good Morning America about the mother who gifted her son a new cell phone? If not, follow the link below to watch it. Attached to the new phone was an 18 point contract clearly outlining responsible behaviors her son was to demonstrate while owning and operating this piece of technology. The point here is not to mandate strict rules and procedures, however it is to encourage parents and teachers to thoughtfully and intentionally issue technology with great responsibility and high expectations for its use.

A mother's 18 point cell phone agreement– video

Other examples of technology agreements by age category created by Common Sense Media.

Elementary Student Agreement

Middle School Student Agreement

High School Student Agreement

Family Online Safety Agreement  via Family Online Safety Inst.

 

What should my student be learning about using technology?

Zeeland Public Schools is using the resources provided by Common Sense Media to help it's teachers and students develop responsible and constructive behaviors for online spaces. Below is an image of the 8 categories that this curriculum focuses on over the k-12 span.  For a deeper explanation of how these concepts are taught in sequence over the k-12 years you can click here to see the specific units that are suggested by Commonsensemedia.org.

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Ottawa County Child Advocacy Center's online safety video for students. Similar to the video for parents and teachers, this video focuses on appropriate contact, content, and conduct when interacting online.  Students in grades 6 through 12 are encouraged to view this video with their classmates and teachers to help create the safest digital learning experience for everyone.

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  • TruthLocker is a free service that allows you to save all text messages, facebook messages, and tweets.  This gives you a record of any messages that may have been sent inappropriately.  It is currently is only available for Android phones (iOS coming in December 2012).  Thank you to principal, Tom DeGraaf, for sharing this resource.
  • MTV's Digital Rights Project– taking a stand against digital abuse- A Thin Line
  • Videos about Cyberbullying can be found here.

Our mission at Zeeland Public Schools is to educate our students in a way that they feel safe, valued, and loved. Therefore ZPS has identified the resources provided by Common Sense Media to help it's teachers and students develop responsible and constructive online behaviors. Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teachers, parents, and students navigate virtual worlds in a safe and responsible way. Below are some excellent resources for ZPS teachers to help as they teach our young people to be creative and responsible digital learners.

What should my students in grades k-5 be learning about?

Throughout a students career they will continually develop their understanding and responsible practice in the following eight categories as highlighted by Common Sense Media.

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web pic taken from commonsensemedia.org to depict the 8 topics of digital citizenship.

Teachers of students in grades k-5 can find excellent teaching activities and ideas related to these topics by clicking here.

Common Sense Media's Digital Passport– An activity for grades 3-5 to learn about digital citizenship.

Professor Garfield's digital learning activities.- Interactive cartoon stories highlighting responsible digital skills.

Disney's Safe surfing interactive games and lessons.

What should my students in grades 6-8 be learning about?

Throughout a students career they will continually develop their understanding and responsible practice in the following eight categories as highlighted by Common Sense Media.

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web pic taken from commonsensemedia.org to depict the 8 topics of digital citizenship.

Teachers of students in grades k-2 can find excellent teaching activities and ideas related to these topics by clicking here.

Student-paced digital citizenship activities in iTunesU. Teachers can use these short activities to supplement their in-class work or has a reference when talking about specific topics related to digital uses and their content.

What should my students in grades 9-12 be learning about?

Throughout a students career they will continually develop their understanding and responsible practice in the following eight categories as highlighted by Common Sense Media.

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web pic taken from commonsensemedia.org to depict the 8 topics of digital citizenship.

Teachers of students in grades k-2 can find excellent teaching activities and ideas related to these topics by clicking here.

Student-paced digital citizenship activities in iTunesU. Teachers can use these short activities to supplement their in-class work or has a reference when talking about specific topics related to digital uses and their content.