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February 7, 2018
Digital Citizenship Message

Digital citizenship reminder: texting on personal devices or cell phones

Kids love to text because it connects them to private moments with friends, no matter where they are or what else they’re doing. Billions of text messages are sent every year from our kids’ mobile devices. While most kids use messaging responsibly, it’s still a powerful and extremely private communication tool that can be used irresponsibly.

With texting, kids can’t see the reaction of the person receiving the message, so their actions can be separated from the consequences. Young people can be cruel, and their judgment and impulse control are not yet fully developed. If a text exchange becomes unpleasant, it can be very hurtful or even dangerous to their well being.

For more texting information visit: http://onguardonline.gov/articles/0025-kids-and-mobile-phones or https://www.commonsensemedia.org/cell-phone-parenting

January 11, 2018
Digital Citizenship Message

Digital citizenship reminder: how to use social networking safely

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, chat rooms, virtual worlds, and blogs are how tweens and teens communicate online; it's important to help your child learn how to navigate these spaces safely. Among the pitfalls that come with online socializing are sharing too much information or posting comments, photos, or videos that can damage a reputation or hurt someone's feelings.

Talk to your kids

Applying real-world judgment is important. When your kids begin socializing online, you may want to talk to them about certain risks:

  • Inappropriate conduct: the online world can feel anonymous. Kids sometimes forget that they are still accountable for their actions.

  • Inappropriate contact: some people online have bad intentions, including bullies, predators, hackers, and scammers.

  • Inappropriate content: you may be concerned that your kids could find pornography, violence, or hate speech online.

You can reduce these risks by talking to your kids about how they communicate – online and off – and encouraging them to engage in conduct they can be proud of.

December 14, 2017
Digital Citizenship Message

Technology can be used to enhance learning and communication.  However, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.  

Teens are spending an average of 5 hours and 38 minutes online every day.  The American Academy of Pediatrics newest study now suggests the following screen time guidelines.

18 months and younger - 0 Hours

2 to 5 years old - 1 Hour

6 Years and Over - Parent Determines

The AAP defines screen time as time spent using digital media for entertainment purposes. They do not consider using digital media for homework and other learning purposes while defining the above guidelines.

Every family is different and every family will have different screen time rules and expectations.  The important thing is to discuss those expectations with everyone in the family to ensure proper use of devices.

Families can create a media plan using the following resource : https://www.healthychildren.org/English/media/Pages/default.aspx

November 9, 2017
Digital Citizenship Message

Digital citizenship reminder: how to handle cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is bullying or harassment that happens online. It can happen in an email, a text message, a game, or on a social networking site. It might involve spreading rumors or images posted on someone's profile or passed around for others to see, or creating a group or page to make a person feel left out.

If your child is targeted by a cyberbully, keep a cool head. Remind your child that most people realize bullying is wrong. Tell your child not to respond in any way. Instead, encourage him or her to work with you to save the evidence and talk to you about it. If the bullying persists, share the record with school officials or local law enforcement.

Know what to do if your child experiences cyberbullying with these helpful resources, http://onguardonline.gov/articles/0028-cyberbullying

October 24, 2017
Early Childhood Technology Use
The presentation linked below was used to share data regarding technology use among our youngest learners and spark discussion around this topic. Please find the link to the presentation below.  

Click here to view the presentation.

October 12, 2017
Digital Citizenship Message

Internet safety: is technology safe for you child?

Online safety is an important parent-child discussion to revisit frequently. Experts warn that children are most vulnerable to online dangers in their own home. While many potential dangers are filtered at school, parents sometimes forget that children may have direct access to inappropriate sites at home.

Here are some things to review with your child or teen from NetSmartz.org:

  • Anything posted online creates a digital record, often called a "digital footprint." Nothing online is totally private, even if it is intend it to be. Once digitized, it can be saved, sent and reposted elsewhere.

  • A good rule of thumb: If students don't want a parent, teacher, principal, future employer, or college admissions office to know something, it shouldn’t be posted online at all.

  • "Friends" aren't always who they say they are; undercover police officers and pedophiles pretend to be teens online.

  • Personal information shouldn’t be posted online. This includes: full name, address, phone number, email, where students are meeting friends, or where they hang out.


September 14, 2017
Digital Citizenship Message

Living online in today’s world, whether texting, sharing photos and videos, posting or online gaming, social media tools and many other things people may do online can lead to many dangers such as embarrassing oneself, over-sharing information or interacting with dangerous people. During the school year we will be providing students and parents tips about online safety using NetSmartz.org, Common Sense Media, and other research based resources.  Watch for these tips and tools monthly in your email.  

We would like to thank the Anoka-Hennepin School District technology team for allowing our district and others to use these important messages to help our students and families stay safe while using the internet.

 June 7, 2017
Community Technology Event
Internet Safety and Productive Summer Screen Time

Thank you to all community members that joined us on June 7th to learn and discuss internet safety and productive summer screen time.  We hope that everyone was able to take home helpful information.  Please find the link to the presentation below for all those that were not able to attend.  Please watch for upcoming events here and on Facebook.

Click here to view the presentation.


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