Digital Citizenship and Literacy
Whether we call it digital citizenship, wellness, literacy or health, the concept is still the same; how should we act online and how can we stay safe. This topic is gaining momentum and how we as educators, parents and community leaders can help guide our students in this area.
- Kids are spending roughly 7 ½ hours a day in media use. This does not include texting or talking on phone.
- Parents report the average age they get their child a cell phone is 9 to 10.
- 72 hours of video uploaded onto YouTube every minute.
- 3417 texts a month. (average teen)
- Out of 20 million minors who actively use Facebook, 5 million are under the age of 10.
- Social networking is the most popular activity for 8 – 18 year olds.
- 68% of teens agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem with today’s youth.
- One in five teens have engaged in sexting – sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude photos through text message or email – and over a third know of a friend who has sent or received these kinds of messages. See more at: http://www.guardchild.com/teenage-sexting-statistics/
Boerne ISD Digital Citizenship K-8 Curriculum:
Learning.com is a district provided resource that is tied to the Tech Application TEKS for grades k-8. Within learning.com is a comprehensive Digital Citizen curriculum that include assessments to be completed upon completion of all grade-level units. To access the curriculum, log into learning.com and then click on "library" to view the curriculum tied to your grade-level.
Click on the K-8th Digital Citizenship Google Slides presentation below to learn more about the curriculum, how to create classes and enroll students, as well as how to view the curriculum itself.
Digital Citizenship Resources for High School:
Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization that has established itself as one of the top educational centers for research and development in digital literacy. It contains a vast amount of material to help educators, parents and concerned citizens teach young children and adults how to behave and stay safe online.
Click on the 9th-12th Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship presentation to learn more about the curriculum and the online assessments available to students.
Common Sense Media Professional Development for Educators
Online professional development tailored to elementary, middle, and high school educators can get you on your way to providing your students with a safe and happy online life! Please click the image below and follow instructions provided from Common Sense Media.
Digital Citizenship Resources for Parents
Commons Sense Media Parent Concerns: Parents have a place of their own to learn about appropriate online activity and strategies to keep their children safe. Common Sense has a multitude of information. Click on the image below to get started.
Google's Safety Center is a great resource to help students stay safe and secure online, while giving invaluable tips for parents to make sure their kids are surfing safely.
Digital Citizenship Posters
Click on the image below to view and download posters to promote Digital Citizenship in your school or classroom. Please download posters into Word before printing.