Digital Citizen

Parent Guide To Digital Citizenship... Raising The Digital Generation

Welcome to a place where we at SACS invite you to learn more about your children and the importance of Digital literacy in the 21st Century. Many parents are working hard at keeping up with not only the internet tools they need, but also what their children are using. Digital Citizenship is best defined as, Digital citizenship is usually defined as the "norms of behavior with regard to technology use." It encompasses digital literacy, ethics, etiquette, online safety, norms, rights, culture and more. AT SACS we wish to partner with our parents in providing those important opportunities for teaching today's youth the importance of appropriate use of technology whether it be on a computer, tablet, or cell phone. We invite you to explore the growing list of resources that will become part of this page as together we work at building a culture of proper digital citizenship in Southwest Allen County Schools.

Common Sense Media.... Discovering Set Of Tools And Resources For Parents

One well known site for promoting proper digital citizenship is Common Sense Media, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the ethical and proper use of technology by kids.. Common Sense Media believes in strong partnerships between home and school. It is for this reason that Common Sense has designed a FREE program to help parents and caregivers navigate and discuss the impact of digital media on kids' social, emotional, and intellectual development. Using resources based on their K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, educators and parents, together, can empower young people to harness the power of the Internet and digital technology for learning and life -- both in the classroom and at home. Explore the Common Sense Home Page with these five ideas that just might help you get started The ideas below are a reprint from the Common Sense Media Site. Read the site in its entirety at Common Sense Medias Parent Site.

  1. Host a Family Engagement Night - Use this Outreach Kit, a collection of turnkey resources (flyers, quiz, presentations & scripts), to reach out to families about the digital world and how kids engage in it.
  2. Share Advice - Videos Spark a conversation about current topics around parenting and media use with these Advice Videos. Filter your search by topic to find videos (in English or in Spanish) that best address your community's needs.
  3. Distribute Family Tip Sheets - Provide advice about current issues related to the age-appropriate topics we address in our K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum with our actionable Family Tip Sheets, available in both English and Spanish.
  4. Share Family Resources - Encourage families to discuss expectations for media and technology use at home with our Family Media Agreements, establish guidelines for responsible device care using our Customizable Device Contract, and discover the best learning products through Learning Ratings.
  5. Keep Families In-the-KnowConnect your families to Making Sense, Common Sense Media's blog full of expert advice and common sense ideas about parenting, media, and everything in between. Embed the Blog Widget or include the link, the RSS feed, or content snippets in your weekly newsletters, school website, or within any other communication method you use with families.

Learn more from the people at Common Sense by watching the below video. Watch this area of the website and please return for more important information regarding Digital Citizenship and your children. Together we can partner and make a difference. Thank you for joining us and ... "Welcome to the Future!"