The internet and computers have given students unparalleled access to information and tools for knowing about, understanding and connecting with the world around them. With that opportunity however comes new challenges such as cyber bullying and access to inappropriate content.
We believe it is our responsibility to teach students the digital proficiency skills they'll need to be career and college ready when they leave us. We also believe students should have an opportunity to learn those skills in a safe environment so when mistakes are made they are teachable moments and don't do harm to a students long term digital foot print.
How do does District 622 help keep kids learn how to make good decisions and stay safe while online?
- We have developed a K-12 digital citizenship curriculum that is comprehensive and age appropriate. You can review the K-8 curriculum here.
- The curriculum focuses on not just how to be safe but also how to manage a digital profile so future employers/colleges see a positive candidate.
- District owned devices and networks are configured to filter internet content.
What resources are available for parents to help them support their children at home?
There many tools available available for parents to use to manage what content there kids have access to and for how long.
While those tools are good at helping keep young kids from accessing inappropriate content and can be worth using, the best resource for parents is open and frequent communication with your children.
There are always stories of kids (of all ages) being cyber bullied or making poor decisions about what they post to social networks in the news. Use those opportunities to maintain open lines of communication so when your son or daughter does have a question or concern it will be easier for them to reach out to you.
Specific resources/tools for parents:
For parents with elementary students:
For all ages