Using technology allows students to take learning into their own hands. Searching for key terms for an assignment or watching videos aid in excelling academically. However, there are instances where students are tempted to click on links or watch videos that they shouldn’t. Because of this, setting rules and standards are necessary.

Edudemic recently posted a few basic standards that explain to students how to be good digital citizens. Some of these tips, such as identifying a stranger online, may seem obvious, but reminders never hurt! Below are a few tips that I find are most useful at staying safe online while still having fun.

  1. If you post it, someone probably already noticed it. Posting on social media is a great way to share opinions, but keep in mind that once you post something, it is difficult to erase completely. Screen shots are common and they may come back to haunt you!
  1. Don’t give out personal information online. If you wouldn’t tell a stranger on the road where you lived then you shouldn’t do it online.
  1. Strange looking links, videos, etc., will most likely lead you to a strange site. Don’t be tempted to click!
  1. There is a time and place for being on your phone. If a parent or teacher ask you to set down your device then listen so you don’t miss out on important information or good ol’ family time.

What advice do you give students about being a good digital citizen? Share with us in the comments below!


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