Digital Literacy & Safety
As technology continues to evolve, our students are exposed to media in new ways and with increased frequency. The Technology Department is focused on providing teachers, administrators, and parents with tools and resources to teach digital literacy skills, safety and ethics.
Cyberbullying is defined by Common Sense Media as repeatedly sending or posting harmful or mean messages, images or videos about someone else using the Internet, cell phones or other digital technologies. In most situations, cyberbullying takes place between children in early-adolesence or teens. However, as younger children are gaining increased access to cell phones and the Internet, more cases of cyberbullying are being reported involving elementary school students. Parents, teachers, and school administrators need to be aware of the issues surrounding cyberbullying and how to equip students with the skills needed to be good digital citizens.
Cyberbullying Facts and Figures
- 20 percent of students ages 10 to 18report experiencing cyberbullying (Cyberbullying Research Center, Hinduja and Patchin, 2010)
- Perpetrators of cyberbullying are usually the same age as their target (Wolak, 2007)
- Mean or hurtful comments (14 percent)and rumors (13 percent) are the most common forms of cyberbullying (Cyberbullying Research Center, Hinduja and Patchin, 2010)
Tips for Online Safety
- Nearly half of social workers at elementary, middle, and high schools report they do not feel equipped to deal with cyberbullying at their schools (Children & Schools, Slovak and Singer, 2011)
- Set Limits for Online Socializing
- Discuss the Basics of Good Behavior Online
- Don't Share Passwords with Friends
- Talk with Kids about how Cyberbullying Starts and Feels
- Create Consequences for Being Involved in Any Type of Cyberbullying
- Encourage Kids to Stand Up for Others -Online and in the Real World
Digital Literacy Lesson Plans
Teachers can access online lessons that teach digital literacy and online citizenship at Common Sense Media. Lessons are designated by grade level and topic. Please click here to explore these quality resources.
Additional Online Safety Resources
Facebook Guide for Educators
Google's Safety Tools
Age-based Guidelines for Kids' Internet Use developed by
Microsoft and the American Academy of Pediatricians
Judging an Online Profile: a Digital Citizenship Lesson for Secondary Students