Digital Citizenship: My Online Code
Grade 9 and 10 students have had a few discussions & lessons in their advisories about Digital Citizenship. The focus has been on what makes a good citizen of the digital/online world, talking about ethical behavior and what our responsibilities are.
In particular, four themes that are key to having a good ethical code of conduct online were introduced:
• Privacy: Respecting the privacy of others online
• Self-Expression and Identity: Presenting yourself in an honest and genuine way in the online world
• Connected Culture: Treating others in a kind and respectful manner, and avoiding cyberbullying
• Respecting Creative Work: Giving credit to others and/or asking their permission when you use their work as part of your own
Parents are encouraged to discuss these ideas with their children and use the same language when discussing or establishing rules for using the internet, cell phones, social networking, etc. More details are available on the Common Sense Media website, http://www.commonsensemedia.org