At KPR we believe digital citizenship skills are essential to the success of every student. As part of our strategic plan, we are committed to preparing our students to participate positively, responsibly, and safely our communities.
Digital Tools and Citizenship @KPR
KPR students are provided access to a variety of digital tools to create, collaborate and connect with the digital world. Through learning opportunities, students develop an understanding of their digital footprint, appropriate online behaviours, their rights, obligations and managing personal data.
When we go online we create a trace or footprint of our activity. A digital footprint is the trail of information that we leave online when using tools and communication devices to:
- Use apps
- Visit websites
- Engage in online learning
- Post comments
- Download music and videos
- Upload pictures
- Play games
This is your online identity or reputation.
What's My Role?
In every KPR school and classroom there are opportunities for staff and students to interact in the online world. Each opportunity presents students with a digital link to our larger global community. Our online interactions say a lot about us. This is why it is essential that we work together to help our students to develop a positive online presence.
We can all play a role in supporting students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to become good digital citizens.
Five Key Tips for Digital Parenting
Before you get started, here are five key tips for guiding your kids to safe and responsible digital lives:
Don't be scared!
You hear a lot of scary stuff about kids and the internet, but the fact is that most kids do just fine. Think of the internet as being like a swimming pool: the best way to keep your kids safe there is to teach them how to stay safe.
Talk to your kids.
Don’t wait until things have already gone wrong to talk to your kids about online issues, and don’t just have one “big talk.” What your kids need from you is guidance, so they’re prepared to deal with problems before they happen, support from you when things do go wrong, and for you to reinforce these messages by continuing to talk to them as they get older and are more able to make decisions for themselves. The three main sections of this guide have lots of tips on how to talk about all of the major online issues. If you have older kids and haven’t talked to them about the internet yet, don’t worry: it’s never too late to start!
Be a part of your kids’ media lives.
What your kids are watching, playing, reading and listening to is a big part of the person they’re turning into, and their online lives can be just as important to them as the “real world.” Younger kids are usually glad when their parents show an interest in the things they like, so get them to show you how their new favourite game works or why they’re so excited about joining a new social network. You can also use media to talk about sensitive issues: kids may be more comfortable talking about sexting or bullying when you’re discussing a character in a TV show than someone they know.
Be the person your kids come to when they have problems online.
A lot of the time, kids don’t want to go to their parents when things go wrong because they’re afraid they’ll get in trouble. When your kids start going online make sure they know clear procedures on what to do if things go wrong, like if they can’t figure out a game or they accidentally access something unpleasant. If they’re in the habit of coming to you about the little things, they’ll be a lot more likely to talk to you about the big ones.
Set rules and communicate values.
The internet may seem like the Wild West sometimes, but the rules you set still affect how kids behave online. What’s most important is that your rules are a way of getting across the value you want your kids to live by, that way they’ll keep living by them even when they’re grown up and out on their own.
(Source: Digital Citizenship Guide for Parents)
Connect with us!
Want to learn more about the great things happening in the KPR community? Connect to your child’s school through Edsby and follow the board on Twitter @kprschools
Have More Questions?
Check out these additional resources for use at home!