In Rockwood, we believe that all students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. A new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. teens finds that many young people acknowledge the unique challenges – and benefits – of growing up in the digital age.
The Rockwood Learning and Support Services team is responding to this need by updating the school district's digital citizenship curriculum. It includes a strong foundation in the following:
Digital Communication and Relationships: Do students understand what is appropriate to share via email, texting, video chatting and social media?
Digital Safety and Security: Do students know how to stay safe by using difficult passwords, virus protection, backing-up data, and being aware of identity theft, phishing and other online scams?
Information Literacy and Fair Use: Do students know how to use and cite various digital technologies and how to assess the legitimacy of web resources?
Digital Identity: Do students know how to engage in positive, safe, behavior to protect their digital footprint when using technology?
Digital Health and Wellness: Are students aware of the physical and psychological dangers of excessive internet usage?
According to Dr. Shelley Willott, executive director learning and support services, elementary teachers will be testing the digital citizenship curricula this semester, and be ready for the updated instruction in the coming school year. Updates to secondary curriculum will soon follow.
"We must prepare students for the challenges of the world we live in," noted Willott. Our students need to have the skills to be responsible digital citizens of the future."