This year, Digital Citizenship Week is October 16-20, 2017. The following toolkit was developed to help students, staff and parents engage in the Digital Citizenship conversation.
1. Have a discussion about the importance of a Digital Footprint:
- Grades K-2: Follow the Digital Trail
- Grades 3-5: Digital Citizenship Pledge
- Grades 6-8: Trillion Dollar Footprint
- Grades 9-12: Overexposed: Sexting and Relationships
2. Earn badges with Common Sense’s interactive experiences:
3. Start a #BeTechPositive Club – A place for students to promote awareness and a safe place for students to talk about promoting the positive use of social media.
4. Produce a Video/Public Service Announcement for your school.
7. Promote Digital Citizenship Week through school bulletin announcements.
5. Create #BeTechPositive signs to display around school.
6. Conduct digital citizenship activities or games at lunchtime.
9. Organize a Tweet Tree – Designate an area on campus where students can share their #BeTechPositive message. Download the Tweet Tree here.
9. Setup a Pledge Signing Table – Students sponsor and supervise a pledge table as a lunch time activity. Download the pledge here.
- Dedicate a staff meeting to Digital Citizenship
- Sign-up and join Common Sense Education.
- Read up on issues like cyberbullying, digital footprints, online relationships, and more to better understand what your students are experiencing every day.
#BeTechPositive and #DigCit — Use social media sites to promote awareness. See SRVUSD sample tweets below:
- Let your originality shine, don’t copyright. #BeTechPositive
- Protect yourself by protecting your data. # BeTechPositive
- Be kind, don’t bully online. #BeTechPositive
- Digital footprints will follow you for life. #BeTechPositive
- Send a message to parents informing them about our digital citizenship efforts.
- Distribute Common Sense Family Tip Sheets.
- Share Common Sense’s Family Media Agreement to families.
- Read up on issues like cyberbullying, digital footprint, online relationships, to better understand what your students are experiencing every day.
Have a #DeviceFreeDinner. Digital citizenship doesn’t end in the classroom. Home environments also shape kids’ relationships with technology. While we promote technology use for learning, fun, and bringing people together, it’s also important to balance media and tech use with undistracted face-to-face time. Try the #DeviceFreeDinner challenge with your families to drive home the message of balance with device use: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/device-free-dinner
- Join our texting campaign! We are trying something new this year by offering parents, students and staff the opportunity to receive a text message each week with information about helping students learn to be good Digital Citizens. Each text message will include information, an activity to do with your child, and additional resources. These text messages through Remind.com are optional. If you are interested, you can sign up by either sending a text message or using the join code with the Remind app on your phone.
- For Elementary Schools: Text the code: @98g32b to the phone #: 81010 or use the app link: http://rmd.at/98g32b
- For Middle Schools: Text the code: @8fb8kh to the phone #: 81010 or use the app link: http://rmd.at/8fb8kh
- For High Schools: Text the code: @34cffb to the phone #: 81010 or use the app link: http://rmd.at/34cffb
- Subscribe to Common Sense Parent Concerns and Advice Blog.