Digital Citizenship and Online Safety

The resources on this page cover important topics related to responsible use of technology and digital citizenship including:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Online privacy and reputation
  • Use of social media
  • Nettiquette  (online etiquette)
  • Respect for copyrighted and opensource digital content
  • Online research skills and avoiding plagiarism

Some Concerning Statistics

  • 43% of teens have been victims of cyberbullying
  • 53% of teens have sent a hurtful message via technology
  • only 10% of cyberbullying victims tell their parents
  • the legal age to use Facebook and other social media platforms is 13

What can you do?

Explore some of these resources to learn about what you can do to ensure that your student is using technology in a positive, purposeful, and productive manner.

  • SmartSocial.comA great site for parents to learn how to teach their kids how to use social media in a safe, positive, and responsible manner in order maintain a respectable online reputation that will better serve their futures.
  • Screenagers Tech Talk TuesdaysScreenagers is a documentary film by Dr. Delaney Ruston that first released in 2016 which explores the negative impact of screen technology on adolescent and teenager development. It has since evolved into a parent educational organization with the goal of guiding parents in support of safe and balanced tech use in school and a home.
  • commonsensemedia.orgA collection of supporting resources activities and curriculum on digital literacy and digital citizenship.
  • connectsafely.orgA great source of ideas and tips for both parents and children.
  • A wealth of information and ideas for parents on sensible and ethical uses of technology.
  • digizens.orgA great stopping point for understanding what digital citizenship is all about including lots of resources on the topic of Social Networking and its impact on kids.
  • stopcyberbullying.orgEverything you need to know about cyberbullying and how it can be prevented.
  •  A great site for kids containing collection of fun digital citizenship activities for kids.
  •  Stop cyberbullying Before it Starts – article from the National Crime Prevention Council.