Digital Citizenship

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Keeping Students Safe in a Digital World

         

Our kids are using computers and tablets to socialize, stream video and create movies and songs. They can connect and communicate 24/7 from just about any location.

We may think of our kids' online, mobile, and technological activities as "digital life," but to them it's just life.  In their world, being able to connect and communicate 24/7 from just about any location is normal.  Phones aren't simply for phone calls anymore but or listening to music, sending texts, filming videos, snapping and sharing photos, and accessing the internet.

Why does digital citizenship matter?

We want our students at Collins' elementary to make good decisions so they can take advantage of the powerful technology that fills their lives both at school and at home.  Good choices are made when kids know how the digital world works. The stakes are high because our kids' technological abilities can be greater than their maturity and judgment.  Having unrestricted access to information and people can result in gaining a wealth of information and experiences. It also means access to content and exposure to risks such as:
 

  • Cyber bulling
  • Sexting
  • Digital relationships
  • Compromising their privacy
  • Establishing a damaging Digital Footprint
Collins Elementary has partnered with Common
Sense Media to provide resources, tips, videos, and other materials to help parents and teachers keep our students safe in the digital world. Click on the Family tips link in the navigation panel to view and download helpful information on how to encourage you children to become responsible digital citizen.
 
                                        

         Digital Citizen Vision Statement


Students at Collins Elementary School will become responsible digital citizens who know how to harness the learning potential of digital media in a 24/7 connected world, safely, effectively, ethically, and respectfully.  In order to accomplish this goal, each year students in Grades 1,3, and 5 will receive at least 3 hours of instruction on how to become a responsible digital citizen.

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