Go Digital LCPS!

A newsletter for 21st Century K-5 Parents! -updated!

In this Issue...

Online Safety Lessons With Your Child

Below are a few examples of lessons that will be taught throughout the school year to introduce your child to Digital Citizenship. Feel free to join in the fun and revist these lessons at home too!


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Going Places Safetly

How do I go places safely on the computer?

Lesson

Key Vocabulary: Internet, online, website

Three Rules we have for visiting places online:


  1. Always ask your parent (or teacher) first.
  2. Only talk to people you know .
  3. Stick to places that are just right for you.


At-Home Activity: Ask your child about their virtual field trip to the SanDiego Zoo. Have them share their My Favorite Place handout and encourage them to teach you the rules for staying safe online!

Staying Safe Online

How do you stay safe online when you visit a website? Lesson

Key Vocabulary: safe, caution, right


Green Light Site: GOOD!

Doesn't let you talk to people you don't know

Yellow Light Site: CAUTION!

One that asks for information such as who you are, where you live, your phone number, etc.

Red Light Site: STOP!

A site you may have gone by accident that is filled with things for older kids or adults.


At-Home activity: With a family member, find three new "green" sites you can visit. Ask your child to explain how these are safe sites that are just right for them.

Keep it Private

What kinds of information should I keep to myself when I use the Internet?

Lesson

Key Vocabulary: private, username or "screen name"

Username Rules:

  1. Ask a parent or adult before you create a username
  2. Never include any private information (like my real name, address, etc.)
  3. Make it something easy to remember - a favorite animal or toy
  4. With the help of an adult, write it down and keep it in a safe place.


At-Home activity: Ask your student to share the username they created in class and the rules for secure usernames. Allow your child to help you create a safe username! Visit these recommended sites to explore together Secret Builders, Scholastic's The Stacks, LEGO

Rings of Responsibilty

What kinds of responsibilities

does a good digital citizen have?

Lesson

Key Vocabulary: responsibility, community, digital citizen

Look at the "Rings of Responsibility" image to observe what we have learned.


At-Home activity: Using paper plates as a canvas create your own Rings of Responsibility as a family for offline and online activities. Use magazines, photographs or even your own drawings! Parents, if you want to Go Digital use an online collage maker like Photovisi or PicMonkey.

Digital Citizenship Pledge

How do you create a positive online community?

Lesson

Key Vocabulary: community, expectation,

digital citizen, pledge, motto


Be a good community member online and offline!

  1. Welcome all members!
  2. Follow the rules or guidelines of the group/community
  3. Encourage others to follow the community's guidelines as well.


At-Home Activity

Ask your student to share the Digital Citizenship Pledge he/she created with his/her partner then take time as family to fill out a Family Media Agreement together! A copy has been sent home in your child's weekly folder.

Super Digital Citizen

How can people help others to be good digital citizens?

Lesson

Key Vocabulary: citizen, digital citizen, responsibility


We are SAFE, RESPONSIBLE, and RESPECTFUL

Super Digital Citizens! Ask your child about the superhero he/she created to help people act safely, responsibly and respectfully online! Create your own superhero


At-Home Activity - Create a comic strip to Save the Day by illustrating a problem in the digital world and how your superhero helps to resolve it that is safe, responsible and respectful! Use the handout from class or visit http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/ to create one. Share it with your ITRT or Library Media Specialist for a special reward!

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