Digital Citizenship in BYOD

Both as citizens of Canada and of the digital world, we have rights and responsibilities.

How can you help your child be a responsible digital citizen?

  • Get to know and learn how to use the services and Web sites your child uses.
  • Teach your child to keep their usernames and passwords private.
  • Teach your child when, where, and how to use digital communication methods and lead by example.
  • Teach your child that he / she needs to ask permission before taking and / or posting photos and audio / video recordings.
  • Reinforce with your child that some material online belongs to others and cannot be used without permission and without giving credit.
  • Help your child understand that once sent, digital messages can never be erased – they need to consider long-term consequences
  • Try to get to know your child’s “online friends”
  • Encourage your students to think critically by considering multiple sources of information and the reliability of these sources.

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Students need to:

  • adhere to school rules and acceptable use policies related to the use of personal devices;
  • protect their privacy by password protecting their personal devices and by keeping all passwords private;
  • show respect when working with others;
  • follow guidelines to help keep them safe when communicating electronically;
  • ask permission and give credit to authors when they want to use their work;
  • evaluate online resources for accuracy, reliability, currency, comprehensiveness, trustworthiness, security, etc.;
  • use technology at the right times and in the right places;
  • bring their device to school and class each day, ensure it is fully charged each night and can connect to the Internet