Tuesday, May 6, 2014


A video and article posted on Common Sense Media presents five simple rules of digital citizenship to help teens and pre-teens  create a world they can be proud of -- and inspire others to do the same.

In the video, students  express what they like about their digital lives -- as well as what they struggle with. Digital dramas can have a lasting effect on a teen’s life

The Internet, texting, social networking  are the realities of teen life today. And while all of these things can be misused, they also have the potential for being powerful tools when used responsibly.

As well, the article offers some good advice for parents. 

The Internet’s not written in pencil. It’s written in pen. What teens do online spreads fast and lasts long. Remind them to think before they post.
Nothing is as private as they think. Anything teens say or do can be copied, pasted, and sent to gazillions of people in a heartbeat. Make sure kids use privacy settings and that they understand that the best way to protect their secrets is not to post personal stuff.
Kindness counts. The anonymity of the digital world can lead kids to say and do things online that they wouldn’t in person. Encourage them to communicate kindly, stand up for others, and build positive online relationships rooted in respect.
Digital cheating is still cheating. Right and wrong extend to online and mobile life. Impart your values, and tell kids not to plagiarize, download illegally, or use technology to cheat in school.
Embrace their world. None of us wants technology to isolate us from our kids. Do some homework, and ask kids to share the sites they visit, the songs they download, the gadgets they love. It’s up to us to join the fun and help them seize the potential.

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