Digital Citizenship Parent Guide
By: Imani Carnes
December 16, 2013

Digital Literacy
Definition:The act of learning and teaching others about tec

- Every parent should introduce basic computer terms to their children. (Ex: Mouse, Monitor,Off and On buttons)
- Let them know how to decipher between reputable and non reputable sources
(Ex: Wikipedia, anything that doesn't have sources of where the information was taken from.)
- Let them know that it isn't smart to plagiarize. (Ex: Don't take other people's information, look at certain pieces of info to gather ideas and then create your own work. If you have to use someone else's work make sure to give them credit.)
- Decipher between reputable and non reputable websites for downloading music. (Ex: Itunes, and Limewire)

Digital Access
Definition: The act of fully participating in a digital society.
-The great and not so great effects the internet has had on society.
- How the internet evolved, and how it has become a worldwide phenomenon.
- Even though the internet is used around the world, many people still don't have access to the internet.
- Set hours of internet use (A reasonable amount for a young child would be no more than 2 hours a day.)

Digital Health & Wellness

Definition: Keeping track of your physical, and mostly psychological well being when using technology.

- Don't sit down for more than 2 hours.(Walk around and stretch; Releases tension.)

- Don't stare at the computer screen for too long. (Make sure to blink often and take short breaks from looking at the screen.)

- Ergonomics (When using the computer try to sit up straight and make sure your arms are in a comfortable position.)

- Do use the computer all day (If you can, avoid using the computer when possible.

(Ex: Reading an article in the newspaper vs. online.)

Digital Law

Definition: Taking responsibility for actions taken on the internet.

- Respect other peoples work (Don't plagiarize and always state where you got the information from.)

- Don't reproduce a piece of work that isn't yours. (It's illegal and unfair to the person who spent time creating it.)

- If you want to use a piece of work ask the creator (Shows respect for their work)

- Beware of illegal music downloading sites. (They can create viruses on your computer.)

Digital Rights & Responsibilities

Definition:Freedoms in the digital world that are made available to everyone.

- Always cite where information was taken from.

- Do not steal and try to make copyrighted work your own.

- Respect others peoples rights to privacy. (If the owner doesn't want you to use their work, respect their wishes and keep searching)

- If you see a situation where digital rights are being violated it is your right to report them. (Ex: If someone is being bullied on Facebook or another social media site tell an someone about it.)

Digital Etiquette

Definition: List of rules that should be followed when being active on the internet.

- Never post rude things about someone on a social media site. (These things are saved forever, and are more likely to be seen by the person its written about.)

- Respond to email within a 24 hr. period (Shows professionalism and interest.)

- Always proof read work before making it accessible to other people.

- Turn electronic devices of during important meetings. (Especially in class)

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