As our students interact with digital tools and technology inside and outside of the classroom, it is essential that teachers and parents work together with students to build foundational Digital Citizenship skills and awareness for appropriate and positive use of technology. A child, teen, or adult becomes a digital citizen the first time they sign up for an email address, create accounts on apps or online platforms (including online games or social media), post pictures or videos online, use e-commerce to make purchases online, create digital products and complete digital assignments, and/or use technology to connect and communicate with others (for example, text messaging). However, Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare our learners to make responsible choices and decisions, as well as keep themselves safe within a society inundated with technology. Parents and teachers need to start teaching students at an early age about the responsibilities of being online and using technology as digital citizens.
In Edmonton Catholic Schools we are committed to providing Digital Citizenship education, supporting the development of our students as responsible, digitally connected citizens, as outlined in Administrative Procedure 144 Digital Citizenship. We recognize that if we are going to be able to support all learners in making responsible choices and decisions online, parents must also play a critical role in Digital Citizenship education. Therefore, to support parents raising digitally empowered learners, the Emerging Technology team will continue to provide parent resources and guides here on the public website.