The three things I will discuss with my students about being good digital citizens are:
- Everyone has signed a district code of conduct and we must abide by that code. Anything that you look up online can be tracked by the district. Everyone in SBISD that uses a technological device on the Internet represents the school district as a whole and we need to be thankful we have the opportunities we do, but stay within the boundaries of the district code.
- While the Internet can be a very useful tool, there are also bad people out there that will take advantage of you. Do not give out any personal information to anyone, no matter what they say, and stay on the district approved sites. BrainPop is a great site for students to spend time on.
- As you continue getting older, you will want to get more involved in the social media sites (Facebook, twitter, etc.). Anything you post on the Internet will follow you forever. Be smart about the pictures and status updates you post. More and more employers are looking into these social media sites to see what type of person you are away from work. Be very, very smart about what you post as it will follow you for a very long time.
While most of the activity in my classes will be physical, I will use resources like BrainPop as a way to teach the students about the importance of being good digital citizens.
I've taught kids in the past who have done really dumb things while on the school network and have been punished according to the student handbook standards. It just isn't worth it. I would use some of those students as examples, as if anyone has had a family member that has been affected by something they did on the Internet, etc. I always try to bring in a personal touch when teaching about the importance of being a good citizen. Again, we are examples of SBISD and we want to make the district look great!
It is always good to discuss iSafe with parents. Some parents use technology in their daily lives, but others do not. Parents need to be aware of what their children are doing on the Internet. I will send home some websites they can visit for more information as well as tips on how to protect yourselves/your children. It is always beneficial to have a campus-wide technology night in order to walk the parents through not only what their children are doing in the classroom but also ways to track what they are doing at home.