WHAT IS A CYBER CITIZEN?
A cyber citizen utilizes technology in an appropriate manner including etiquette, communication, education, access, commerce, responsibility, rights, safety and security. It is important to be cyber aware: back up your digital files, create strong passwords, post only appropriate comments and control privacy settings.
BE CYBER AWARE
- "Sexting" is a term used to describe inappropriate photos or text sent via cell phone.
- Cell phone history options allow you to view past callers and messages. Although the history can be deleted, contact your cell phone provider for any other options available.
- Geotagging allows users to note where they are located in a Smart Phone photo.
- Raising Digital Citizens
- Understanding Mobile Apps
- When Should You Give Your Kid a Cell Phone
- Cell Phone Resources for Schools
Cyberbullying involves the use of technologies to display behavior that harms another. Through email, instant messaging, text messaging and social networking sites, hurtful messages can be posted and shared.
- Do not respond or retaliate to inappropriate communication.
- Save the messages and note the date and time.
- Utilize the blocking feature in social networking sites, email or instant messaging. This will keep unwanted correspondence from occurring again. You can also block numbers on your cell phone or change your personal phone number. Only give out your phone number to those you trust.
- Notify the provider of inappropriate behavior by activating the "abuse" tool available on many sites.
- Contact a trusted adult, teacher, school counselor or parent. Further assistance is available here.
Plagiarism is the use of another's work as your own. With the Internet, all material is copyrighted unless it states otherwise. Such material includes but is not limited to, images, music, text
andvideos. The following tips will help encourage ethical cyber citizenship.
- Note all sources used in a project. Any material copied from an outside source, including the Internet, must be cited.
- Use quotation marks around sentences or phrases directly copied from an outside source and cite this information.
- Keep a running source list as you find images and text for a school project. Visit with the school library media specialist for more information.
- Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
- Creative Commons: What Every Educator Needs to Know
- Request to Use Template
Online gaming provides the opportunity to play games from a computer or other
devicelike a Wii or PlayStation. Some consoles have a social element, as users can play anyone from around the world. Chatting, IM and other social tools exist within these games.
- Check to see if the game has moderators.
- Do not accept downloads from strangers including cheat programs. These programs often have virus or malware that can harm your computer.
- Be a good sport - what you say online should be appropriate. Do not respond to bullying comments.
Instant Messaging & Email
Instant messaging (IM) allows users to correspond online with others. IM can occur through a mobile device or computer with Internet access. Similar to text messaging, IM allows users to correspond in
brieftext. Popular IM platforms include iMessage and Meebo.
- Privacy – do not share your password with others.
- Unknown - Do not open emails or attachments from an unknown source. Block messages from unknown sources.
- Unsubscribe - Scroll to the bottom of the email and
chooseunsubscribe to be removed from the list of unwanted emails.
Social networking websites provide a social atmosphere by allowing users to share personal information. Popular sites include Facebook, Google+ and Twitter with similar elements including status updates, photo share, friend list or followers, chat, gaming
andinternal messaging/email. Most social networking sites (SNS) like Facebook are intended for those ages 13 and older. Learn more here.
- SNS Tips
- Privacy Settings: Hide Address and Phone Number
- Parent Social Media Training
- Parent's Guide to Facebook