Resources on Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety

Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.  Just as there are rules and certain etiquette that needs to be followed in interacting with others face-to-face, there are also rules and etiquette for interacting online.

The Internet can be a scary place to navigate if you don't know some of the basic tips to staying safe online.  Below are links to some great resources for parents and students on how to be a good digital citizen and how to stay safe online.

Common Sense Media is probably one of the best resources on the Internet.  "Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives."

 Cyberwise: Website description says:  "We make it easy for you to learn about online safety, digital citizenship, privacy, reputation management, sexting, cyberbullying and more so you can help kids embrace technology safely and wisely."

NetSmartz: Website description says "Our Mission: NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.Our Goals are to educate children on how to recognize potential Internet risks, engage children and adults in a two-way conversation about on- and offline risks, empower children to help prevent themselves from being exploited and to report victimization to a trusted adult"

Cyberbullying Research Center