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Friday, October 20, 2017

Digital Citizenship Week October 23-27, 2017

Students playing the Digital Passport game on Common Sense Media.

In Denton ISD, our curriculum includes topics include lessons in Internet Safety, Privacy and Security, Relationships and Communication, Cyberbullying and Digital Drama, Digital Footprint and Reputation, Self-Image and Identity, Information Literacy and Creative Credit and Copyright.

Each of these topics has different objectives depending upon the age of the student.  In Kindergarten, we teach students rules for staying safe online and what information should not be shared with strangers. By high school, students are learning about the importance of having a positive digital footprint.  Students also learn about the types of social media posts college admissions staff consider when processing applications for prospective students.  At various grade levels these lessons cover safety, privacy, relationships, cyberbullying, digital footprint and self-image and identity.

Another area covered is Information Literacy.  These lessons cover search skills, research skills, how to determine if a source is credible commonly called fake news in today’s headlines, and the ethical use of information.  These are covered under Information Literacy and Creative Credit and Copyright.

Common Sense Media also has some good resources on their webpage specifically for parents. They can be found here:

This article for parents discusses Apps Stirring Up Trouble in Schools.

Here are 4 videos on Cyberbullying for parents.

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