The past decade has seen an exponential increase in digital tools and opportunities, which carry the need for students to master a new set of life skills for behaving safely, ethically and responsibly online. Students are much more likely to understand good digital citizenship — the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use — when teachers and parents/trusted adults model it and explicitly teach and promote it on a regular basis.
-Helen Crompton, Know the ISTE Standards for Teachers: Model Digital Citizenship
FCPS utilizes the Common Sense Education K-12 curriculum to provide students with knowledge and skills they need to approach their digital participation with empathy, ethics and a sense of individual, social and civic responsibility. In addition, teachers embed digital citizenship education daily as students engage with technology for learning and when possible, make connections to curriculum concepts being taught.
Resources for Home
- FCPS offers many supportive resources for families on the FCPS Digital Citizenship Website.
- Common Sense Media also offers many resources to support families at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/parent-concerns.
Digital Citizenship Lessons at School
Students at Greenbriar West ES will be engaging in Digital Citizenship lessons throughout the school year. Each lesson is accompanied by a family tip sheet to help families support and build upon the concepts being learned at school. (Translated versions of the family tip sheets are available using the link above)
Below are titles of the specific stand alone lessons your child will experience this school year. Parents can access the lessons by logging into FCPS 24-7 ParentView, clicking the Curriculum tab and then the Digital Citizenship tab
- Kindergarten- Going Places Safely- How do you go places safely on the computer?
- Grade 1- Staying Safe Online- How do you stay safe when you visit a website?
- Grade 2- My Online Community- How does the Internet connect you to others?
- Grade 3- Private and Personal Information- What information is okay to share and how can you protect yourself from online identity theft?
- Grade 4- Digital Citizenship Pledge- How do you create a positive online community?
- Grade 5- Picture Perfect - How can photos be changed on the computer, and how can that affect your feelings about the way you look?
- Grade 6- Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding- How do you judge the intentions and impact of people's words and actions online?