It is important that Rockwall ISD students are taught how to be good online citizens and to create a “digital footprint” that they are proud of.
According to a Common Sense Media poll:
- 24% of teens go online “almost constantly”
- 25% of kids experience some form of cyberbullying
- 40% of college admissions officers look at online profiles
- 46% of 10-23 year-olds would change their behavior online if their parents were watching.
Rockwall ISD teaches dedicated digital citizenship lessons at every grade level, kindergarten through eighth grade. At the high school level, digital citizenship is taught through CTE classes and through assemblies and class meetings.
Elementary Instructional Technology Specialists, Library Media Specialists and Counselors work together to provide 3-4 hours of Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety per year to each student.
At the middle school campuses, Instructional Technology Specialists work with teachers to provide 3-4 hours of Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety Training.
At the high school campuses, CTE teachers combine digital citizenship and internet safety lessons into their curriculum. Instructional Technology Specialists also provide Digital Citizenship tips throughout the year via social media and class meetings.
For tips and resources about talking to your children about Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety, go to https://www.commonsensemedia.org/.
Digital Citizenship Week 2016
October 16th-22nd, 2016, was Digital Citizenship Week and campuses around the district planned activities to help manage their online reputations, deal with issues such as cyberbullying, and conduct themselves safely online.
Here is an example of some of the activities that took place around the district:
- Students signed the Digital Citizenship Pledge, pledging to make good decisions online.
- Daily tips for students and families were played over announcements, social media, student announcement broadcasts and newsletters.
- We encouraged families to join the #devicefreedinner challenge. This challenge urges families to commit to put devices away and enjoy a device-free dinner as a part of a healthy digital lifestyle and to make the most of family time. Parents can join the challenge and request a free “Getting Started” kit at: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/device-free-dinner.