At Somerset, we're focused on literacy. However, literacy does not just mean learning how to read. There are many kinds of literacy – including reading, writing, mathematical, social, physical and digital literacy. The focus on digital literacy is not new but the term may be. 

When we speak of digital literacy, one aspect of that is digital citizenship and responsible online choices. Digital Citizenship is about building an awareness of how to approach the new reality that kids are constantly immersed in a world where technology is integrated into almost every daily activity. It is hard to find a part of a child‟s world today that is not affected by technology in some way. At school, we are working to develop student‟s understanding of why they would utilize technology, and to support critical thinking about the proper uses of current and future technology.

Topics of discussion are cyber bullying, safe searching, and appropriate “Netiquette”, or online etiquette. We follow a strict Acceptable Use Policy which aligns with the CBE appropriate use policy. Thank you for your support at home with discussing and monitoring acceptable practices.

Students are encouraged to use our network to:

  • Safely and appropriately connect with other students and adults who share their passions and with whom they can learn
  • Join with teachers to find experts and other teachers from around the world
  • Publish their best work in text and multimedia for a global audience
  • Explore their own creativity and passions, to ask questions and seek answers from other teachers, experts and learners on-line
  • Collaborate with others to change the world in meaningful and positive ways
  • Learn how to communicate in the same manner that will be asked of them when they graduate and emerge into the digital world of this century
  • Share their achievements and excitement about learning with their parents and friends
  • Think critically and build information literacy skills
  • Explore deep questions that they have in relation to learning and life
  • Learn and practice digital etiquette in a compassionate manner – be respectful of yourself and others
  • Support their constantly growing understanding of new digital technologies
  • Learn how to learn anytime anywhere!
  • Be safe, and protect their privacy and freedom of thought; when in doubt stop and ask for help
  • Speak up to their teacher and parent/guardian when they are concerned or feel unsafe
  • Be responsible for protecting the rights of others as well

Digital Citizenship

At Somerset, we're focused on literacy. However, literacy does not just mean learning how to read. There are many kinds of literacy – including reading, writing, mathematical, social, physical and digital literacy. The focus on digital literacy is not new but the term may be. 

When we speak of digital literacy, one aspect of that is digital citizenship and responsible online choices. Digital Citizenship is about building an awareness of how to approach the new reality that kids are constantly immersed in a world where technology is integrated into almost every daily activity. It is hard to find a part of a child‟s world today that is not affected by technology in some way. At school, we are working to develop student‟s understanding of why they would utilize technology, and to support critical thinking about the proper uses of current and future technology.

Topics of discussion are cyber bullying, safe searching, and appropriate “Netiquette”, or online etiquette. We follow a strict Acceptable Use Policy which aligns with the CBE appropriate use policy. Thank you for your support at home with discussing and monitoring acceptable practices.

Students are encouraged to use our network to:

  • Safely and appropriately connect with other students and adults who share their passions and with whom they can learn
  • Join with teachers to find experts and other teachers from around the world
  • Publish their best work in text and multimedia for a global audience
  • Explore their own creativity and passions, to ask questions and seek answers from other teachers, experts and learners on-line
  • Collaborate with others to change the world in meaningful and positive ways
  • Learn how to communicate in the same manner that will be asked of them when they graduate and emerge into the digital world of this century
  • Share their achievements and excitement about learning with their parents and friends
  • Think critically and build information literacy skills
  • Explore deep questions that they have in relation to learning and life
  • Learn and practice digital etiquette in a compassionate manner – be respectful of yourself and others
  • Support their constantly growing understanding of new digital technologies
  • Learn how to learn anytime anywhere!
  • Be safe, and protect their privacy and freedom of thought; when in doubt stop and ask for help
  • Speak up to their teacher and parent/guardian when they are concerned or feel unsafe
  • Be responsible for protecting the rights of others as well
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​Digital Citizenship at the CBE

Digital citizenship is about using technology and participating in digital environments. It is key to helping our students learn to use available technology responsibly in the classroom and beyond. Our school has a Digital Citizenship Plan that is updated annually, addressing how we work to build a community where we live and work together as digital citizens.

Visit the CBE website to learn more on how we support students develop online safety skills and learn to be good digital citizens.​​​

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