The internet is bursting with information. Some of it’s correct, some of it’s questionable, and some of it is just plain wrong. The internet is typically the first place young people look when they begin researching a report or are searching for information on their favorite topic. As you know, not everything they find on the web can be trusted. And skills they learn about research in elementary school will provide them a foundation for their future. Common Sense media offers Family Tip Sheets for guidance on evaluating websites, smart searching and research and evaluation.
EVALUATING WEBSITES / TIP SHEET / DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP / REV DATE 2016 www.commonsense.org/educators | CREATIVE COMMONS: ATTRIBUTION-NONCOMMERCIAL-SHAREALIKE
Here are the updated main ideas the standards address:
- Empowered Learner
- Digital Citizen
- Knowledge Constructor
- Innovative Designer
- Computational Thinker
- Creative Communicator
- Global Collaborator
"Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical."
Let's continue to teach our students these valuable skills and remind ourselves to be positive role models and respectful digital citizens.
PVSchools is partnering again with the National Cyber Security Alliance as a champion of NCSAM. "National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – celebrated every October - was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online." https://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/about/
"Anything your students say or do with their phones or through quick messages may seem to disappear when the devices shut down, but the impact on others remains -- whether good or bad. As a teacher, you can guide your students to think critically about different forms and norms of digital communication. Guide them to choose their words wisely. Help them develop the habit of self-reflecting before posting or texting, asking themselves questions such as "Who is my audience?" and "What's the purpose of this message?" and "In what context will people be reading this?" With your help, they can learn to recognize that their decisions online can have more far-reaching benefits and consequences than their actions offline because of technology's power to connect."