Digital Citizenship

Online Expectations:

In regular times, in a face to face classroom teachers would discuss digital citizenship with students consistently. It would be addressed formally, in discussions weekly. While our teachers took time at the beginning of the pandemic to address and share expectations about digital citizenship in their lessons, they will begin to increase those discussions moving forward. We need your help with this. On-line lessons are for our children, if a parent has a question about the process or the rationale for a lesson, please send the teacher a quick e-mail. The on-line lesson is not the time for teachers to have discussions with parents.

We have had many presentations in our school and had guests such as Paul Davis,,who taught us about essential expectations when using technology. Some of these expectations include avoiding the use of technology in the bedroom, always dressing appropriately when on-line and being mindful of the language being used online. Almost every teacher/ every classroom (almost) has had an experience they wished they had not over the short course of online learning. Whether inappropriate discussions happening in the background, or the inevitable tablet being carried through the homeoops! Please speak to your children about digital citizenship. There are plenty of resources on our CJP website if you need additional support.

Please take some time to review the CJP online expectations powerpoint at the right hand side of this page, or embedded below.

What Can Parents Do About Cyber Safety?

Here are some helpful websites to help initiate and guide your talks with your children around web awareness and safety on the Internet.

Here are some very informative and interactive websites that helps to work with students on internet safety.

Thank you for taking the time to discuss this matter with your children. Together we can make a difference. Kids' Rules for Online Safety

1. I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents’ permission.

2. I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.

3. I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.

4. I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.

5. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the service provider.

6. I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.

7. I will not give out my Internet password to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents.

8. I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt our computer or jeopardize my family’s privacy

9. I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.

10. I will help my parents understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them things about the Internet, computers and other technology.

Rules one through six are adapted from the brochure Child Safety on the Information Highway by SafeKids.Com founder Larry Magid. (© 2004 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). Rules 7 through 10 are copyrighted by Larry Magid (© 2005)

Technology/Cellular Phone Policy

The school is not responsible for the loss or damage of personal property. Students are advised to leave items of value at home. 

Our school follows the CBE Digital Citizenship plan and  Acceptable Use Policy that addresses the appropriate use of electronic devices at school.  

Here are specific guidelines for Technology/ Cellular Phone use at Captain John Palliser School. Learning is the primary focus for students at school.  Cell phones and other electronic devices can be tools for learning, but they can also be a distraction.  Consequently, cell phones and other electronic devices must not be used in the school building or on field trips unless a teacher requests their use for educational purposes.

Cell phones or other electronic devices may be used outside on school property at the beginning and ending of the day under direct visual parental supervision or direct CJP staff supervision only.  We ask for the cooperation of parents/guardians not to call or text their child while at school.  If you have an emergency and your child is expecting your call, please contact the office. 

Most cellphones and electronic devices have the ability to take pictures, and record audio/video.  Recording/photographing students without their parents’ permission or recording/photographing staff members without their permission is strictly forbidden.  This pertains to all areas or school property and buses. For this reason, if you have an electronic device, the photo and recording options must be disabled while at school.

Enforcement of rules regarding the use of cellphones and electronic devices contribute to a positive and safe learning environment for all students.  Disregard for these rules will lead to the following consequences:

1st offence: item will be confiscated, a policy form will need to be filled out and the phone will be locked in the office for a minimum of one full business day.  The student can retrieve the phone at the end of the day after a conversation with administration. (One complete day + the day the phone was confiscated)

2nd offence: item will be confiscated for the day and a policy form will need to be filled out, signed by a parent, and returned to the school the next day.  The device will be held for two complete business days. (minimum two business days + the day the phone was confiscated)

3rd offence: a policy form will need to be filled out and item will be returned to a parent/guardian and the device will not be allowed at the school for a week (5 business days+the day the phone was confiscated)

More than 3: item may be banned from the school, and meeting with the parent/guardian will be mandatory to design a Behaviour Support Plan that includes digital citizenship and the respectful use of technology.

Example:  Margaret has her phone out and is taking photos of her friends on the playground at lunch recess on Tuesday. Mrs. Jones confiscates the phone. This is Margaret’s first offence with the phone. Margaret will call her parents to explain what has happened with the phone. All pictures from lunch recess will be deleted. Margaret will hand in her phone immediately to the office. The phone will be powered off. The phone will remain in the school safe for the remainder of the day Tuesday and one full school day Wednesday. Margaret can pick her phone up on Thursday morning after meeting with a school Administrator or teacher.

Social Media

Social media presents several potential threats to children: cyberbullying, privacy concerns, sexting, targeted advertising, etc.  Most social media sites require users to be 17 years old. Cell phones can only be purchased by adults 18 years and older, thus making parents 100% responsible for everything a child does on the phone. This also means the phone belongs to the parent and is only being borrowed by the student.  If students are using social media, they are expected to adhere to the 3 Rs: Respect Yourself, Respect Others, Respect this Place.  Social media concerns involving Captain John Palliser students could result in disciplinary action, up to and including suspension, expulsion, and/or police involvement.  Responsible citizenship includes the digital world.


There may be times that teachers will permit students to wear headphones in class.  However, they are NEVER allowed in the halls.  Under direct adult supervision, students may use one ear bud when outside, but must be able to hear all safety messages thus require the ability to hear the natural environment around them. We must be able to call, page, and speak with all students at all times. 

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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 about how we support students to develop online safety skills and be good digital citizens.​​​

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