Digital Citizenship Week

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Digital Citizenship Week

Dear Families,

As Digital Citizenship Week approaches (October 16-23, 2023) we want to emphasize the importance of fostering a safe and responsible online environment for our children. In today's digital age, being a good digital citizen is more crucial than ever, and we believe that it starts at home.

Why is Digital Citizenship Important?
Digital citizenship means using technology and the internet responsibly, ethically, and safely. It's about equipping our children with the knowledge and skills to navigate the online world while understanding the potential risks and consequences.

How Can You Get Involved?
One way to celebrate Digital Citizenship Week and strengthen your family's online safety is by visiting a valuable resource: Common Sense Media offers a wealth of information, tips, and resources to help you and your children become responsible digital citizens.

Engage with Your Children
Remember that open communication is key. Engage with your children in conversations about their online experiences. Encourage them to share any concerns or questions they may have. By staying involved, you can guide them toward making informed and safe choices online.

Key Digital Citizenship Topics to Explore:
Online Etiquette: Teach your children about respectful and kind online behavior. Emphasize the importance of treating others online as they would in person.
Privacy and Security: Discuss the significance of safeguarding personal information and using strong, unique passwords. Explain the risks of sharing too much online.
Cyberbullying: Help your children recognize the signs of cyberbullying and how to respond. Encourage them to report any incidents.
Critical Thinking: Teach them to evaluate online content critically and discern between credible and unreliable sources.
Digital Footprint: Explain that everything they do online leaves a digital trail. Encourage them to think before they post.
Online Gaming: If your children are gamers, educate them about the potential risks and responsible gaming habits.
Online Predators: Discuss the dangers of interacting with strangers online and the importance of reporting any suspicious behavior.

Let's celebrate Digital Citizenship Week by empowering our children with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in the digital world safely. Together, we can ensure that our families are responsible and respectful digital citizens.

Visit Common Sense Media today to learn more and get started on this important journey.

Thank you for your commitment to keeping our children safe online.

Warm regards,

Kurt Gwin, Director of Technology
Tallmadge City Schools
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