Technology & Digital Citizenship

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  • Orangeburg 4 school district is dedicated to making sure our students use technology in a safe, responsible manner. Grades 6-8 are 1:1 Chromebooks. Chromebooks are expected to be brought to school each day fully charged. With the amount of technology available today, it is important to make sure our students understand how to keep themselves safe online and how to use this technology responsibly. Please see the document on the left side of this page for more information regarding Orangeburg 4's internet use policy. All students, staff, and parents are required to sign this policy and follow the guidelines in place. 

     

    Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety

    Students are living in a powerful digital world that requires them to interact in non-traditional ways. These new interactions require new social expectations, safety precautions, and literacy.  There is a need to promote ethical, responsible, and safe interaction in a digital world.

    9 Strands of Digital Citizenship education:

    • Etiquette-There are times when technology is appropriate to use and when it is not. It is important to teach your child when and where it is appropriate to use cell phones or other technology.
    • Communication-Digital communication does not replace face-to-face communication. It is important to expose your child to different social situations.
    • Literacy-Model the positive use of technology for personal and professional growth and education.
    • Access-Access to technology should be available to all.
    • Commerce-Strive for safe online shopping and banking. 
    • Law-There are laws that govern our digital actions. Plagiarism is never okay.
    • Rights & Responsibility-We have the right to digital access and the responsibility to use technology appropriately. It is important to teach your child that they should follow all technology rules set forth by you as a parent, and us as a school.
    • Health & Wellness-Children need physical exercise. Technology use is okay, but should be limited and physical activities should be encouraged each night.
    • Security-It is NEVER okay to share your password. As parents, you should have your child's password to websites; however, they should never share them with their friends.

    Startling Statistics:

    • 6% of teens receive requests for personal information
    • 54% of teens frequently have private conversations with online strangers through instant messaging
    • 42% of teens said they have posted personal information online
    • 30% of teens reported that they have talked with a cyber stranger about meeting in person
    • 16% of teens discovered that someone online was an adult pretending to be much younger

    Internet Safety and Your Tween:

    • 14% kids have actually met face to face with a person they have met on the Internet
    • Most kids will not report inappropriate Internet contact to their parents because they are afraid of losing Internet privileges
    • Only 6% of teens on social networking sites use privacy controls on their profiles
    • 4,000,000 children are posting content to the Web everyday

    For more information about digital citizenship and how to protect you and your child while online, please visit www.commonsensemedia.org

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