Digital Citizenship Parent Guide

by: Endia Lawrence; Digital Citizenship Final

Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy is the process you go through in order to learn about technology and how to use it.

What to teach your children:

  • Fundamental Computer Abilities:Introductory computer vocabulary such as (Bit, Computer, Internet, Software,etc.), mouse basics, using the computer desktop, windows and menus of common software programs, and basic web browsing skills.
  • Research Techniques and Website Reliability is essential especially for something like a school project; you don't want your child using a source that isn't authentic. Keyboarding and word processing basics,how to format text,use proofing tools,and how to express answers in written form are also apart of this nescessity.
  • Teach your child about what search engines they should use and how they should use them i.e: Bing - Photos, Google - Research, etc.).
  • Ways technology can influence and provide help to those with special needs and what they can do to help.

In order to learn more about Digital Literacy and why it is important,click the button below!

Digital Access

Digital Access is the ability to have electronic involvement within a certain population.

What to teach you children:

  • The History of the Internet is a very important topic that every technology-using individual should learn about. The internet didn't just pop up one day, and it's informative to a beginner to understand what they are using and how it came about.
  • The impact of internet on society (cultural, environmental, political, ethcal, social, and economic) and how privilaged they are to have internet.
  • Digital Divde - The separation of those with internet and those without and how it effects their everyday life (locally and internationally).
  • SOMETHING COOL! Share with them the possbilities of the future now that we have technology. For example use WATSON, a computer that played Jeopardy based only on the information he was programed with...make them your child think!

Here is an article that can further your knowledge on the current Digital Divide:

Digital Commerce

Digital Commerce is buying and selling goods electronically.

What to teach your children:

  • Be safe when purchasing things online and never buy or sell anything online without permission from a parent or guardian.
  • When they get to the age to do things like customer reviews write them as effective as you would a school paper. Include what you purchased, what you did and didn't like, how it was supposed to work, how it actually worked, price, target market, etc.
  • Only purchase from reliable websites/companies, because you never know if it is identity theft or even just someone trying to get your money.
  • Explain credit cards and the change from cash to easy purchasing and how it can be beneficial and dangerous (i.e. Identity theft vs. Money you can have right on the spot)

Below is an article putting the future of digital commerce into a different perspective:

Digital Health and Wellness

Digital Health and Wellness is the physical and mental well-being of an individual living in a digital technology society.

What to teach your children:

  • Ergonomics are a very important factor when using technology. Make sure to remind your child to sit up straight, not sit close to the computer screen, tablet, TV or phone, and lastly take breaks from technology often.
  • Set time limits for your child to use his/her technology so that they don't become "addicted" to digital life. Inform them of things like internet addiction and keep a balance of activities throughout their day.
  • Practice communication skills because often those who become "addicted" to the internet are unable to hold a person-to-person conversation.
  • Learn basic everyday skills, WITHOUT TECHNOLOGY, for example how to tell time on a clock or memorizing important phone numbers. Now that technology is everywhere, we become dependent on it and lose our own intellectual abilities.

Click the button and read how society even makes your physical health, DIGITAL:

Digital Law

Digital Law is the responsibility you have for your actions when using technology.

What to teach your children:

  • The types of law and what each pertains to (Patent:Invention, Trademark:Logos, and Copyright:Media) and the rights of the creator/developer.
  • How laws are made, who makes them, and how they are to be followed (Congress and World Intellectual Property Organization)
  • Fair use: Rights of the public to use copyrighted material and it's penalties if broken.
  • Illegal downloading is ILLEGAL. Purchasing, downloading, or selling media that is not from the direct source can get you into a lot of trouble with penalties up to $250,000 per item in which you downloaded. You wouldn't steal a car... why steal a song?

Teens are given the ability to "start over" their "digital life". Check it out!

Digital Security

Digital Security is the steps you take for effective precautions for make sure your online "life" is safe.

What to teach your children:

  • Creating and maintaining strong passwords: Capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols...Don't use common words...At least 8 characters, NO personal information, etc.
  • Inform your child of identity theft and how to be safe by not giving out their passwords, making sure they have strong secure passwords, not purchasing anything online without parental consent, etc.
  • Digital Footprint: where you "stepped" online, the reputation you have previously or already made. For example, if you love Sharpies and often go to their website and purchase from them, you might subscribe and start getting emails/updates on things they have going on.
  • Digital Image: your representation online CURRENTLY. For example, if you are posting rude things on peoples photos and status' on Facebook, you would be seen to have a bad Digital image, but if you are posting up empowering quotes or something fun, you would have a good digital image.

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Digital Communication

Digital communication is the online sharing of conversation and information.

What to teach your children:

  • Online vs. face-to-face: Encourage your child not to hold long thought out conversation via text message, email, or IM. But rather use face-to-face or at least video or phone call and use easy access communication for simple things like asking a friend for the homework you missed out on or telling your mom that you are at home.
  • Make sure the relationship your child has with individuals isn't strictly electronic. Make sure that they can also identify reasons as to WHY they are friends with that individual (i.e. good listener, compassionate, relate-able, etc.).
  • When your child is allowed to have social media accounts, make sure they aren't just "friending" and following people they don't know. It is unsafe and unreasonable to have 600 friends when 550 of them you don't even know.
  • Social networking is becoming a huge part of society. Make sure your child knows the difference. Some individuals get sucked into social media and that is the only way they can live or have a conversation. It is important to teach your child that there are digital times and there are reality times.

Below is an article that tells more about teaching children about Digital Communication:

Digital Etiquette

Digital Etiquette is the way you are to "behave" when in the digital world.

What to teach your children:

  • DO NOT CYBER-BULLY! It is just as detrimental as bullying in person. Cyber bullying can be sending mean messages, commenting rude things on someone's photo or status to make fun of them, texting/ harassing them digitally.
  • Communicate the correct things the correct way. Don't email your teacher asking for the homework like this: "Yo, whad up Mista Johnny Boy! I was w0nd3ring if I culd get da hw from last night. Btw, is it going to b late since I waznt der da day b4?" That is inappropriate and not the way you communicate important information.
  • THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES. Make you child aware of the consequences of their actions when it comes to digital life. For example, if you post up inappropriate pictures of yourself, when you apply for colleges and jobs, they can see that. They don't want someone like that representing their school or company.

Show your child some new and old ways of etiquette. Read how etiquette has changed over time.

Digital Rights and Responsibilities

Digital Rights and Responsibilities is the freedom and rights an individual is entitled to as a member of the digital society.

What to teach your children:

  • DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. If you are doing an assignment or even posting something online, if you didn't say it cite it! There is nothing wrong with using someone else's words, but if you don't give them credit...then there is a problem. It's that person's right to those words and if you use them without siting them, you are taking credit for something that isn't yours.
  • DO NOT SPREAD VIRUSES. Illegal downloading and going to sites not appropriate for your age can lead to viruses. As soon as you figure you have one, have someone professional come over and fix the problem. This does not mean use someone else's computer and give them the same problem. Don't give someone else the same problem you have.

It's more than just saying you are responsible, show it!


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