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.

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.

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
What should my student be learning about using technology?

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.

  • 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?
What should my students in grades 6-8 be learning about?
What should my students in grades 9-12 be learning about?