At the beginning of this year, our teachers and administrators have been part of training and conversations about digital citizenship and safety for students. Next week we will be holding student presentations and parent presentations on these important subjects in our schools.
The student presentation will be held during school hours throughout the week. These presentations will focus on age sensitive lessons and content that is most applicable to the particular age group. This presentation will cover all things digital, from digital citizenship and how to be a good digital citizen to the criminal consequences of cyberbullying. Some of the most prominent concerns currently surrounding student’s use of social networking sites and smartphones will be discussed. Topics covered will include: how to practice netiquette (online etiquette), how to recognize and respond to cyberbullying, the criminal and social consequences of cyberbullying behavior and the possession and distribution of intimate images (sexting), self-peer exploitation, digital media habits and oversharing, digital addiction, piracy, and plagiarism.
The parent presentation will focus on all things digital. Your child in Middle/High School has now entered into the peak of their digital media lives, where cell phone ownership doubles, video game use explodes and they dive into the world of social media and hyper-texting. Your child is rapidly developing their personal identity with a cell phone in hand and you need to be prepared. Family rules, parental controls and developing a family tech plan will be outlined as well as recommendations for monitoring your tween/teen’s digital life.
As a parent, you must lead the charge as a digital role model and help your child develop a strong digital citizenship foundation while reminding them that their digital tattoo is a reflection of their real and online selves. At this age, they will encounter situations that will challenge their independence, including cyberbullying, cyber exclusion, the dangers of anonymity, privacy, sharing intimate images and inappropriate websites. Parents have an important role to play in providing support and guidance during critical periods. A snapshot of current trends and concerning apps will be provided to equip you in your digital parenting strategy.
The parent meetings will be held:
- in the Magrath School Library On Monday, September 25 at 7:00 pm for families in the Magrath School Boundaries.
- in the Cardston Junior High School Library on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 PM for families in the Cardston, Mountain View, and Spring Glen School Boundaries.
- in the Raymond Junior High School Gym on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 PM for families in the Raymond and Stirling School Boundaries.