On social media it’s easy for kids to be misunderstood or say something they don’t mean. Other times, being behind a screen makes it easier for them to say mean or hurtful things they wouldn’t say in person. All of this can lead to some serious online drama. In this video, Teen Voices: Dealing with Digital Drama your students can hear teens give their honest thoughts and opinions on the topic, and think about ways to cope with digital drama in their lives, or maybe even avoid it altogether.
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In this unprecedented time, technology has become part of the social fabric in a deeper, more intimate way than ever before. Unfortunately, our increased reliance on technology doesn’t diminish the challenges and dangers it poses.
Here are guidelines that will help parents who are feeling overwhelmed trying to navigate the amount of technology used in our children’s lives, and in our own and to make technology more of a tool for well-being, rather than a hindrance. Digital Well-Being Guidelines for Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic
WEEK OF 5-18-20
Some kids might witness or be the target of cyberbullying based on misconceptions about COVID-19. It's important to teach kids how to identify, respond to, and avoid cyberbullying. In addition, when you address what is and isn't acceptable online behavior, you promote a positive and safe learning environment for your kids.
Putting a Stop to
Focus on social and emotional skills as you help younger students process mean behaviors or actions they witness online. These are some great Family Tips on how to stop cyberbullying.
Upstanders and Allies: Taking Action Against Cyberbullying
When cyberbullying happens, everyone involved brings their own perspective to the situation. Help students learn about the importance of empathy, how to consider others' feelings, and how to be an upstander when cyberbullying occurs. Use this Family Activity to practice how to stand up to cyberbullying and stop digital drama whenever we can.
Responding to Online Hate Speech
Kids can come across all kinds of negative content online and on social media, whether it's rude, mean, or even hateful. But what counts as actual "hate speech," and how should kids respond when they see it? Use this quiz and answer key to help students identify online hate speech and discuss the best ways to respond.
WEEK OF 5-11-20
Relationship & Communication
Did you recently find out that your child was using inappropriate language in a chat room? Or did your child tell you someone said something mean to them online and now others are saying the same thing? As digital citizens, students must learn to build positive relationships, avoid risky online talk, and understand why some topics and conversations can best lend themselves to certain mediums. As kids grow, they must understand The Power of Words. After watching “The Power of Words”, use this guide to have a conversation with your child about this topic.
Beyond Online Predators
The term "online predator" often conjures up the image of a creepy older man at a computer screen waiting to lure an unsuspecting child. The media reinforces this depiction, which is problematic because it does not fit with the kinds of risky relationships that are more common for kids and teens. In reality, when online sexual solicitation does occur, it's more likely to be between two teens or between a teen and a young adult. Students will need support getting clarity on this misconception and with distinguishing myth from reality when it comes to online sexual solicitation. Online Talk: What's Safe and What's Risky
For Middle School, here are some helpful exercises and scenarios to discuss with your child “Safe Online Talk” lesson plan
Sexting, Relationships, Risks
Have you talked with your child about the consequences of sexting? Most middle schoolers aren't prepared for the risks associated with sexting and self-disclosure in relationships. Now more than ever, we need to educate our children on the realities and consequences of sexting. Watch this teen video that will give you some insight
WEEK OF 5-4-20
Digital Footprint & Identity
In a time of 24/7 connectivity, do the benefits of online sharing outweigh the risks? Your digital footprint can affect your online reputation for a long time. But kids don't always realize that digital footprints aren't just a personal matter. Watch FOLLOW THE DIGITAL TRAIL to learn how the information we put online leaves a digital footprint, or "trail". This trail can be big or small, and helpful or hurtful, depending on how we manage it. How BIG is your digital footprint?
Help Kids Post, Comment, and Upload Responsibly
Parents can help
guide kids toward creating
the kind of footprint they
can be proud of with this Family Activity on “Digital Footprint & Identity”
5 Myths & Truths About Kids Internet Safety
Help keep your kids' online experiences positive and productive by learning the truth (and ignoring the rumors) about what really makes them safe.
WEEK OF 4-27-20
Privacy & Security
Students must learn how to protect personal information and gain a deeper understanding of their data privacy rights so they can advocate for themselves and others. This video about “My Online Neighborhood” is a great way to explain to students WHY it is important to stay safe online.
Here is HOW to stay safe online “5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids”
Family Talk on Safety, Privacy, and Security
When kids start to go online, whether they're playing multiplayer games, using educational apps, or just following their curiosity on Google, it's important that they understand the basics of online privacy and safety. With these family tips, you can have a family talk about some general guidelines around what information is and isn't OK to share.
Is It Safe to Post Pictures of My Kid Online?
Gone are the days of shoe boxes and stacks of albums filled with photos. Most of our kids have photos that they view on a screen. Before you post your next picture online, KNOW THE FACTS and think of some precautions.
WEEK OF 4-20-20
Finding Balance in
a Digital World
Now more than ever, media and technology are at the center of kids' lives every day. With the help of Common Sense Media, we’re here to help you navigate the digital world with your family.
Here is a great clip for students to reflect on their digital media use PAUSE & THINK ONLINE
So how can we help students balance their online and offline lives? It starts with recognizing just how much media we use.
Help Kids Balance Their Media Lives
Here is a great guide on how to keep media and tech use in check: Family Tips
All CCS students should have signed and turned in their Digital Citizenship form to their teachers. If you’d like to create your own family version, this Digital Citizenship Family Activity will guide your family.