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Digital Citizenship An informational presentation to the Ocean View PTA December 8, 2011
What is digital citizenship? Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of behavior with regard to technology use. computer cell phone tablet gaming console
Why is it important? Children are growing up on the Internet. Children need to learn what it means to be good people online as well as in real life.
For Parents... The Good News 87% of parents discuss online safety. The Bad News Only 37 % of parents use parental controls or web- filtering software, OR parents take no action to limit or monitor their child's use of the internet.* *www.internet-addiction-guide.com/web-filter/statistics-childrens-internet- wakeup-call
More for Parents to think about... 39 % of children admit to using online sites or games that their parents would not approve of.* 67 % of children empty their cache so their parents cannot check their online history.* 15% of children admit to doing something online intended to hurt someone (cyberbullying).* *www.internet-addiction-guide.com/web-filter/statistics-childrens-internet-wakeup-call
What you can d o: Discuss online safety with your child. Establish limits and expectations. Keep the computer in a central location. Be a good role model. Install filtering software or set up parental controls.
Setting expectations Visit age-appropriate sites. Behave responsibly and respectfully towards others. Never give out personal information. Never tell anyone else your passwords (except parents of course).
Inappropriate Content Discuss what you consider to be appropriate. Use child-friendly search engines and sites. Use bookmarks to navigate safely. Use parental control software.
Cyber-safety Rules Never disclose personal information. Never post or send photos. Use nondescript, gender neutral screen names and email names. Never agree to meet an online acquaintance in person.
What is Cyber-bullying? Posting private information intended to hurt. Spreading cruel and hurtful rumors. Tricking someone into giving out embarrassing information. Stealing passwords.
Why talk about Cyber-bullying? “Bullying and harassment, most often by peers, are the most salient threats that minors face, both online and offline.” Internet Safety Technology Task Force (2009) “11% of teens say they have been bullied online or by text messages.” Knowledge Networks survey (2011)
What to do? (for children and parents) Don't participate in cyber-bullying. Don't respond to cyber-bullying. Tell a parent, teacher or other trusted adult. Save the posts. Report the incident to school administrators. Report the incident to the police.
Resources for parents Common Sense Media - www.commonsensemedia.org reviews and rates websites and other media for age-appropriateness. www.commonsensemedia.org AllSafeSites - www.allsafesites.com www.allsafesites.com A child-safe search engine. ConnectSafely - www.connectsafely.org www.connectsafely.org news and advice for online safety. Introduction to Internet Safety - www.netsmartz.org/Parentswww.netsmartz.org/Parents interactive educational resource for parents and children.
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