Digital Citizenship/Internet Safety Overview
Students today rely increasingly on technology that is incorporated into the learning process. While this can be very rewarding, technology is like any other tool – used improperly, it can be ineffective or even harmful. To ensure that our students are aware of that possibility and to encourage proper, effective use of technology, we have adopted a digital citizenship curriculum produced by Common Sense Media.
The lessons from this curriculum are taught several times throughout each school year In K-1 and 6th-9th grade, with more grades slated to be added next year. Instruction is delivered primarily by school media specialists in elementary and classroom teachers in secondary, reinforcing the important concepts throughout the year. Overall, the digital citizenship lessons often echo behavioral expectations that should be familiar to all of our students, such as being respectful and responsible.
An overview of the lessons can be found on the Common Sense Media site here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence
Parents are encouraged to check in with their child’s teacher(s) if there are any questions about the curriculum. Additional helpful links and a selection of books available in the libraries throughout the district are noted below.
A great resource for how copyright law applies to various siutations can be found here.
Internet & Digital Safety Books
by Bonnie Szumski Year Published: 2011 Digital Safety
From Booklist: "Using guided questions and weighing multiple sides of each issue, these In Controversy titles tackle topics relevant to teens. Are Cell Phones Dangerous? begins with a brief history of this now ubiquitous technology, and then analyzes the risks of cell-phone usage in three main areas. It draws on numerous studies to report suspected links to cancer, a decline in male fertility, and other health-related problems, as well as accidents and deaths related to texting while driving. The authors also look at such negative impacts on youth culture as addiction, bullying, and sexting. Titles feature color photographs, fact boxes, lists of related organizations and websites, a bibliography, and source notes and will serve as useful debate starters. Grades 7-10."
by Roman Espejo Year Published: 2009 Digital Safety
Publisher description: "Presents articles both supporting and opposing issues relating to copyright infringement, including the legal aspects of file sharing, how copyright infringement affects the economy, and the details of fair use."
by Tamara Roleff Year Published: 2011 Digital Safety
Publisher description: "Focusing on topics of special concern to students, this series makes complex issues less intimidating and more accessible; each book presents 10 to 14 readings from a variety of perspectives that allow readers to better understand the topic.; This title in the Issues That Concern You series explores issues related to cyberbullying. Through articles from a variety of sources, the book addresses whether or not cyberbullying is a serious problem, the impact of cyberbullying, the effectiveness of criminalizing cyberbullying, and the role of schools and parents in addressing cyberbullying incidents."
by Laurie Willis Year Published: 2012 Digital Safety by Terri Dougherty Year Published: 2010 Digital Safety
Publisher description: "Discusses issues dealing with freedom of information on the Internet, including piracy, censorship, and the protection of children from bullies, predators, and inappropriate content."