Student Tips
Parent Tips
November
Balance your online time with unplugged activities! Read a physical book, play a board game, draw or color, or play outside! Your brain and body need more than a screen!
Many popular social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat have a minimum age requirement of 13 years old to join!
December
Remember the internet is forever, and you have a digital footprint. Be kind to others face to face and online. Tell a trusted adult if you feel you are being bullied online. 
More is caught than taught! Set a good example for you children to see how to properly behave online. Put your phone down while driving.
JanuaryKeep certain information, like your full name, address, phone number, school you attend, or birthday off of websites. Try not to use this information in screen names you create.
Know what sites your kids are using and consider having your own account at the same sites. It is difficult to protect your child from something you don’t know about. 
FebruaryNot everything found on the internet is true! Look at the end of the web address for trusted domains like .edu, .net, .org, or .gov. Look for sources given for statistics. Look for sites free of grammatical errors. Try to find another site with similar information to confirm your findings.
Younger children need help when they are looking for information online. Even safe websites can contain links to other places. Encourage them to ask permission before searching the internet, and talk to them about what is and is not acceptable to look up.
March#THINKBEFOREYOUPOST - Remember, your post is instant, public and more often than not, permanent. If you talk about someone online, would you feel embarrassed or ashamed if you saw them in person? Once you post, you lose control of what happens to it. Others can save or forward your message. The cyber world has real consequences. What you post can get you into trouble and can even impact your future.
Start a conversation with your child about what pictures and words are appropriate for posting. Remember to T.H.I.N.K. before you post too. Is it...
          True
          Helpful
          Inspiring
          Neccesary
​          Kind

AprilDistance yourself from friends who bringdrama to your life, both in person and online. Tell your parents or another trusted adult when you see or read something online that might lead to real life drama. Sometimes, people will say or post things just to get a reaction. Don't take the bait and engage with the drama. That's exactly what dramatic people want. Remember the golden rule: if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
People can feel empowered to say things via text or social media that they wouldn’t normally say face to face. Social media provides a wider audience to witness the drama. Drama online can have real life consequences and can lead to cyberbullying. Check in with your child about what things they are doing or saying online. Make your expectations about online behavior clear. Require your child to have some "unplugged" time.


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