Digital citizenship is having the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to demonstrate responsible and respectful behavior when using technology or participating in digital environments. This includes protecting private information, staying safe online, and knowing how to deal with bullying in the digital world, whether you are a target or a bystander. Technology is an important part of our world and our learning. It is important that both children and adults alike use technology appropriately.
The two main components of Digital Citizenship that we will be focusing on this year at Marlborough School are:
· Digital self: respectfully and responsibly create and manage a positive personal digital presence.
· Digital Safety & Security: responsibly manage and protect digital identity and online presence
Our Acceptable Use Policy (Acceptable Use Policy) was sent home for your signature this fall. We ask families to review this policy and ensure their child understands the expectations of digital citizenship as they exist at Marlborough school. It is expected that the Acceptable Use policy is followed by all students. If there is a violation of the policy, the situation will be reviewed and a course of action determined. The following are possible consequences:
- Conference with the student about the issue
- Inform parents
- A restriction or loss of computer privileges
- Restorative projects - how to make up for the mistake and ensure new understanding is developed
- School-based disciplinary consequences which may involve school administration
- Paying for any damaged resulting from intentional misuse
- Police intervention and/or legal action where appropriate
We encourage all parents/guardians to be aware of our system policies and procedures regarding digital citizenship. These include:
· AR1061: Responsible Care and Security of Information
· AR1062: Responsible Use of Electronic Information Resources
· AR1063: Calgary Board of Education Internet Web Presence
· AR1064: Public Sharing of Student Information
· AR1067: Use of Social Media
· AR6005: Student Code of Conduct
· AR6006: Progressive Discipline
Digital Citizenship at the CBE
Digital citizenship is about using technology and participating in digital environments appropriately. It is essential that we help our students learn to use available technology responsibly in the classroom and beyond. Our school's Digital Citizenship Plan is updated annually, addressing how we work to build a community where we live and work together as digital citizens. Our commitment to take care of ourselves, each other, and this place includes the use of technology and digital environments.
Visit the CBE website to learn more on how we support students develop online safety skills and learn to be good digital citizens.