“The self-monitored habits that sustain and improve the digital communities you enjoy or depend on.”from TeachThought.com
At home and school, guide your child through this reflection cycle:
· Awareness: How the technology I use affects others and myself.
· Understanding: Uses of technology that are appropriate and inappropriate.
· Action: Making the best decision in a situation.
· Deliberation: Did my behavior have a positive or negative influence? Would I do it again?
Source: Ribble and Bailey: Teaching Digital Citizenship Reflection.
A simple list to review frequently with your children:
- The internet is public. Don’t post anything you don’t want the whole world to know. This includes revealing photos, offhand comments, etc. Keep the “Mom” rule in mind: “Would I want my Mom to see this?” or how about the college of your choice?
- People aren’t necessarily who they say they are. Don’t talk to strangers. If you do, be aware that you don’t know who they really are. If you have an issue, talk to the person face-to-face – you should know them well enough to be able to contact them.
- Avoid any forms of hate speech and inappropriate content. Report it. Don’t do it yourself.
- Don't be a bystander - stand up and speak out when you observe bullying behavior. The bystander is the most powerful position in the situation IF you step up and do something.
Stay informed: Review the news when it relates to behavior on the internet. Keep the family informed, discuss the issues and listen to your children’s perspective.
Family Ground Rules
Treat the Behavior, not the Tool: We are all dependent on our technology for work, and our children are no different. If they misbehave, don't be afraid to be the parent and treat the behavior, don’t blame the tool.
Here is a list of suggested agreements you can make with your child before a laptop comes home as a school tool. Written and signed, this document will help establish guidelines before habits get into place:
- Where should homework be done?
- What is okay to do besides school work on my laptop?
- What personal software can I load on my laptop?
- Will my parents and teachers have access to my browsing history?
- What rules should there be about social media, instant messaging, and Skype? Who can I talk to? When?
- What time should the laptop go back into the backpack?
This program addresses the changing issues for kids and parents online. There are also useful discussions and resources being added on this website all the time.
Safekids - Online Safety FAQ
ConnectSafely - Safety Tips and Advice
Tools for Families (Filtering advice)
Kinder & Braver World Project (Anti-Bullying)
Common Sense Media
A Parent's Guide to Google+
A Parent's Guide to Facebook