Digital Citizenship Week is October 16-20. The week is an opportunity to educate parents, educators, and students about issues concerning youth online activity. Online activity includes topics around cyberbullying, cyber predators, media literacy, social media use, games and apps marketed to kids, digital footprints, plagiarism, and more.
Today, a lot of parents are concerned about cyberbullying and rightfully so. According to a 2006 Pew Research of 935 teens age 12 to 17, “about one third (32%) of all teenagers who use the internet say they have been targets of a range of annoying to potentially menacing online activities”. Parents can help protect their child from bullies online and prevent their child from becoming bullies, through continued communication and shared open dialogue about citizenship online. Nothing online actually disappears. Helping your child understand that they’re creating a digital footprint teaches them to be mindful of their actions online.
At the root of all citizenship is empathy for others. Digital Citizenship Week is just one way to emphasize awareness of our actions (and the actions of others) on digital platforms. At some point, whether through document sharing at school or online gaming at home, starting a dialogue with your kid about digital citizenship helps them think about safe online participation. It’s never too early to talk with your child about their online behavior and the behavior of their peers. We hope you use Digital Citizenship Week to start a meaningful and worthwhile discussion in your home!
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I'm a former teacher and former college athlete, currently working to make life more equitable for all people. My mission is to get parents to partner with their child's teacher.