Digital Citizenship

Keeping Students Safe in a Digital World

Digital Citizenship

We may think of our kids’ online, mobile, and technological activities as “digital life,” but to them it’s just life.  Technological devices such as cell phones aren’t simply for phone calls anymore but for listening to music, sending texts,filming videos, snapping and sharing photos, and accessing the Internet. Our kids are also using computers and tablets to socialize, stream video, and create movies and songs. And they can connect and communicate 24/7 from just about any location. In their world, being able to connect and communicate 24/7 online is as normal as being able to communicate offline.

Why does digital citizenship matter?

At the Mesita ECDC and Mesita Elementary, we want our students to make good digital decisions so they can take advantage of the powerful technology that fills their lives both at school and at home. But in order to make good choices, kids must know how the digital world works. The stakes are high because our kids’ technological abilities can be greater than their maturity and judgment.  Having unrestricted access to information and people can result in gaining a wealth of information and experiences. But it can also mean accessing inappropriate content and exposure to risks such as:

•Cyber bullying
•Digital relationships
•Compromising their privacy
•Establishing a damaging Digital Footprint

That’s why Mesita has partnered with Common Sense Media to provide resources, tips, videos,and other materials to help parents and teachers keep our students safe in the digital world. Click on the Family Tips link in the navigation panel to view and download helpful information on how to encourage your children to become responsible digital citizens.

Digital Citizenship Vision Statement

Every student at the Mesita ECDC and Mesita Elementary will become a responsible digital citizen who knows how to harness the learning potential of digital media and use it responsibly.   In a 24/7 connected world,we encourage our students to communicate safely, effectively, ethically, and respectfully. In order to accomplish this goal, each year students in Grades 1,3, and 5 will receive at least 3 hours of instruction on how to become a responsible digital citizen.  Students in grades K, 2, and 4 will receive 1 hour of instruction as well.