In celebration of Digital Citizenship Week, Holy Family Catholic Regional Division would like to share some tips for adults to talk to kids about digital citizenship. With the ever-increasing use of technology, it is more important than ever that we teach our kids how to conduct themselves online with respect.
1 - Make Responsible Use of Technology Part of Your Daily Life
Talking to kids about technology can happen in a variety of ways. Having one conversation about digital citizenship is definitely helpful, but using technology responsibly on a day-to-day basis is the best way to ensure that kids are learning on an ongoing basis. As new challenges come up, teach your kids the best way to handle each situation. Show them how instead of just telling them how.
2 - Implement House and Classroom Rules with Technology
Most modern families and classrooms routinely use technology as part of their daily lives. Planning in advance can be an excellent tool for ensuring responsible use of technology. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has a long list of rules you can easily implement for your family on their website. Take a look at their suggestions and make the decision that is best for your family or your classroom. Some of my personal recommendations are:
- We think before we click,
- We will not download an app without asking our parent or guardian, and
- Before we post photos and videos online, we will ask ourselves whether it’s okay if everybody sees them.
3 - Protect your Passwords
We all need to remember that our online information is only as secure as our passwords. Selecting the right password - a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols - will make it difficult for someone else to guess. Keep your passwords confidential.
4 - Set a Good Example for Kids
Kids watch adults every day and model their behaviour. Remember that parents are kids’ first teacher and they rely on you to learn how to live in our modern world. If you set a good example with your technology use, all kids around you will have a good role model to look up to if they’re wondering what kind of information is good to post.
This information was taken from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s website youthprivacy.ca. Thank you to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for providing these fantastic resources.
Yours in Christ,