Internet Safety and Citizenship

All Northshore staff believe in the importance of empowering students to engage with digital content and platforms to meet learning goals.

A critical element in leveraging technology for learning is the development of Digital Citizenship skills.  A Digital Citizen is one who:

  1. Understands human, cultural and societal issues related to technology and practices legal and ethical behavior.
  2. Advocates and practices safe, legal and responsible use of information and technology.
  3. Exhibits a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
  4. Demonstrates personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
  5. Exhibits leadership for digital citizenship.

All students in Northshore receive annual instruction on Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety.  Our adopted curriculum, Common Sense Media's Digital Literacy and Citizenship Program, supports students as they make decisions about appropriate online behavior, using personal devices, and interact with other individuals on social networking websites.  The CSM curriculum also emphasizes CyberBullying awareness and appropriate response.

Families can support the development of Digital Citizenship skills at home in many ways:

  • Read and understand our district's Responsible Use Procedure - this is the document that guides appropriate and responsible use of technology resources for learning 
  • Get familiar with the elements of the Common Sense Media curriculum
  • Talk openly with your students about their use of digital resources and media, particularly social media tools
  • Establish a balanced schedule that includes time for play as well as appropriate screen time for their age

You can find many more articles, videos, and other support resources on the Common Sense Media website

You might also find the resources at Netsmartz to be helpful when talking to your student about Digital Citizenship.