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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.  


As media consumers in the digital age, it is important to analyze and evaluate information we receive both through print and digital mediums. Recently “fake news” has become news in itself. To learn more about fake news and how to identify it, read “How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to Be Media-Savvy)” by Sierra Filucci from Common Sense Media. 
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) released new technology standards for students in 2016. "The ISTE Standards for Students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process of exploration, creativity and discovery no matter where they or their teachers are in the thoughtful integration of ed tech." (http://www.iste.org/standards/standards/for-students-2016)
Here are the updated main ideas the standards address:
  • Empowered Learner
  • Digital Citizen
  • Knowledge Constructor
  • Innovative Designer
  • Computational Thinker
  • Creative Communicator
  • Global Collaborator
As we continue the "Be the One" Digital Citizenship district initiative, it's time to re-focus on the big picture of student digital citizenship, as defined by ISTE:
"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.
It's that time of the year when many people make resolutions and set goals for the new year. What about media goals, like device-free dinners or helping your kids be more media savvy? Check out 7 Media Resolutions Every Family Should Make in 2017​
 from Common Sense Media to learn more.​
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is promoting Data Privacy Day (DPD) and is an international effort that is held annually on January 28th each year.  The theme this year is Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling trust to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.



Common Sense answers Parent Concerns on Media Facebook, Instagram and Social most popular questions and parents can explore questions by age and most popular.
One most popular topic about Social media tells how there are variety of tools and methods for interacting and communicating with others online. Some popular social media tools include TwitterInstagramFacebook, and Snapchat, and each of these offers a different way to share information, connect with friends, or collaborate.

More FAQ's, Articles, and Video's  on this link.

The Theme for November is Self Image. 
Here are some resources for the entire family. 

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/

Take a look at the infographic Get Involved in NCSAM to review the security themes for each week.
The November resources can be found at PVSchools Digital Citizen Monthly Themes web page
"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."