Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Agreement at Home

When using information, communication, and technology (ICT) at home I will always be a good digital citizen. This means that:

I will always ask mum or dad before I use any technology, whether it is my own personal or shared device or TV.
I will make sure mum and dad have password protected  the devices we share as it helps reduce temptation to use it an inappropriate times.
I will provide mum and dad my password for the ___________
Support:  Mum/dad pledge not to share these with anyone else.  They will only access your device or laptop if they suspect there is a problem or they are concerned about your safety.

I will only access the _______________ in a common area (lounge, kitchen).
I am not allowed to use any device in my room or in a private space.
Once I have earned the *trust of mum and dad, I may have the opportunity to use my device in my room.
Support:  Mum/dad will make sure there is appropriate space and time within these common areas. 

*I can build trust  between _____________ and I by:

  • Turning off the technology when told
  • Charging the device in an agreed area
  • Communicating openly and clearly what I am doing online 
  • Not being ‘sneaky’ and/or trying to conceal the device in some way.
  • Keeping the device out of my bedroom, especially when I am going to bed.

Support:  Mum/dad will discuss with me specific ways that I can build trust.  They will tell me when I am behaving responsibly and when I need reminders to be more responsible. 

I will be deliberate and clear about how I am going to use the Internet/device.
Support:  Mum/dad will talk to me about the C.R.I.C.
I am aware that not everything online is mine for the taking, even if I find it easy to save onto my own device.  For example,  when searching for images that I wish to use myself, I will go to:
Google Advanced Search and make sure I choose images that are ‘free to use or share’.
Support:   Mum/dad will also give this a try and model appropriately.

I will use Google Advanced Search, I’ll make sure I choose the appropriate reading level for my ability. www.google.com/advanced_search
or search.creativecommons.org

I will always use ICT to communicate with others in positive, meaningful ways.

I will always communicate politely and with respect to people online. I know that sarcasm cannot always be detected online.  It is possible to bully or hurt people with what I say and do on the internet. I will think about the effect that my actions and words have on other people.

I also know that I will not always agree with what people say online but that does not mean that I can stop them or use it as an excuse to be unkind to them.

Support:

I will be honest and fair in all of my actions using ICT.
I will make sure that my actions don’t break the rules of the websites that I use.
I will not illegally download or file share music, videos, movies,  games and other media.  

Support:

Mum/dad will show me how and model it.
When I am not sure about what is appropriate, I will ask for alternatives (Free to use content, stock footage).

I will always respect people’s privacy and freedom of speech online.
I understand that some information is private. I will be careful when using full names, birthdays, addresses and photos of other people and of my own.
I will not use mum or dad’s personal details without permission.

Support:

I will help others to become better digital citizens.
If I know that other members of my family are having problems online, I will try to help them. If I see that someone is being unfairly treated online then I will speak out against it and/or inform mum/dad or a trusted adult.

Support:
I understand that if I do not follow this agreement, I know that my technology time may be limited or taken away.  It will all depend on the level of trust I have between ___________________ and ___________________

Wireless Network

A wireless network for internet access using student owned personal electronic devices is now provided at our school.  We have CBE-owned devices (laptops, desktops, etc.) that access our CBE network (both fixed and Wi-Fi). We also have Google Chromebooks that use only our Learner Accessible Wireless Network (LAWN). The CBE will install a new Wi-Fi system at Richmond School which should be available January 2018.  

Students and CBE Staff are able to access the LAWN until this time with their personal mobile devices with their CBE authentication credentials. Be assured that the content filtering that is normally used to filter inappropriate materials on the school’s internal network will also be applied to the open access network. The installation of the new CBE wireless promises to provide a more stable and robust network for us.

Digital Citizenship frames out the rationale, conditions and dispositions for the appropriate use of personal devices by all people.  At Richmond, students will not be allowed to access the LAWN / wireless network with their personal device (mobile phone, iPad’s, etc.) unless there is an educational reason and teacher invitation for including these devices into the learning environment. 

Bring Your Own Device

Digital Citizenship frames out the rationale, conditions and dispositions for the appropriate use of personal devices by all people. At Richmond, students will not be allowed to access our wireless network with their personal device (mobile phone, iPad’s, etc.) unless there is an educational reason and teacher invitation for including these devices into the learning environment.

We are a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school, with the rapid advance of technologies and applications, we are confident that there will be opportunities for students to use applications that reside only on their digital devices in the service of their educational programming. We are asking that any use be discussed and agreed upon by your child’s teacher first. We understand that some children bring cell phones for communication and safety reasons. Additionally, there may be a learning opportunity initiated by the teacher, for a student to use their cell phone. Our policy at Richmond is that all cell phones are turned off and put away during the instructional day (including lunch recess) Students who use them during the day for non-instructional opportunities will be asked to put them away. If they are unable to meet this expectation, further problem solving efforts will be initiated by the student and administration.

This is a significant opportunity for students to personalize their learning by identifying and using appropriate technology for their learning needs. As a school, we enter conversations with children about the responsible ways in which, we as
members of a digital world, need to think and act in terms of digital citizenship.

Please read the through the Family Contract for Digital Citizenship with your child. Return this contract to your child’s teacher on the date published at the top of the contract. Please refer to these other digital citizenship samples and resources online for further reference and information:

Google Safety Centre – Family
Digital Citizenship Agreement – Family

Personnel Cell Phone Use Policy

We understand that some children bring cell phones for communication and safety reasons. Additionally, there may be a learning opportunity initiated by the teacher, for a student to use their cell phone. Our policy at Richmond is that all cell phones are turned off and put away during the instructional day (including lunch and recess). Students who use them during the day for non-instructional opportunities will be asked to put them away. If they are unable to meet this expectation, we will hold the device until we can talk to the child’s parents.

This is a significant opportunity for students to personalize their learning by identifying and using appropriate technology for their learning needs. As a school, we enter conversations with children about the responsible ways in which, we as members of a digital world, need to think and act in terms of digital citizenship.  

Guiding Principles for Social Media 

  • We will be professional and courteous.
  • We will ensure confidentiality and respect individual privacy when posting information or images.
  • We will be active in these spaces.
  • Our use of social media will be used to promote community and encourage feedback and two-way communication.
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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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