Every week (with occasional exceptions) I try to post a technology tip for our school community to consider. It could be about a technology tool that could be helpful at home or school. It could be about digital citizenship for both kids and adults. Or, I sometimes indulge myself with my opinion about something new in the field of STEM. I hope you find a few of them interesting, even enough so that you might comment or stop by my office to talk.
This last Summer I made a point of getting more acquainted with Common Sense Media (CSM). I have used CSM for the past two years to guide our digital citizenship curricula at the school (including topics such as staying safe online, online privacy, cyberbullying, plagiarism etc.) You can visit the site at www.commonsensemedia.org.
After a short course and application, I'm now proudly mentoring our community as a Certified Educator for CSM. We'll see a larger presence of digital citizenship tips and concepts throughout the curricula and campus, as we practice good behaviors during technology and life skills classes. We'll also see posters around campus to reinforce these concepts and behaviors.
You might do the same at home with these tip sheets from Common Sense Media. While I encourage families to make decisions together at home for computer use (i.e., creating a user agreement for at home much like the one we have here for campus), it's helpful to look through tip sheets like these with your students. Whether your child is in grade k or 5 or 8, it's never too early or late to talk about these topics at home.
For me, it's the new "look both ways before you cross the street." Our children are digital natives now, so we need to teach them the digital equivalents of holding hands, sticking together, and helping each other out.
Again, the tip sheets can be found at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/educate-families/tip-sheets.