Digital Citizenship

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Keeping Students Safe in a Digital World

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We may think of our kids’ online, mobile, and technological activities as “digital life,” but to them it’s just life. In their world, being able to connect and communicate 24/7 from just about any location is normal. Phones aren’t simply for phone calls anymore but for listening to music, sending texts, filming videos, snapping and sharing photos, and accessing the Internet. In addition, our kids are using computers, tablets, and phones to socialize, stream video, and create movies and songs.

Why does digital citizenship matter?

At Chapin High School, we want our students to make good decisions so they can take advantage of the powerful technology that fills their lives both at school and at home. But in order to make good choices, kids must know how the digital world works. The stakes are high because our kids’ technological abilities can be greater than their maturity and judgment. Having unrestricted access to information and people can result in gaining a wealth of information and experiences. But it can also mean accessing inappropriate content and exposure to risks such as:

  • Cyber bullying

  • Sexting

  • Digital relationships

  • Compromising their privacy

  • Establishing a damaging Digital Footprint

That’s why EPISD and Chapin HS has partnered with Common Sense Media Education © to provide resources, tips, videos, and other materials to help parents and teachers keep our students safe in the digital world. On the homepage, click on the Common Sense Education icon under the quick links section to view and download helpful information on how to encourage your children to become responsible digital citizens.