Today marks the end of National Digital Citizenship week. At Quest, we have already had two opportunities to engage in this conversation at my school, Quest Academy. The first was at a Chromebook rollout evening on Thursday, August 27th and more recently, at a Parent Education evening on Wednesday, October 2nd.
However, being a responsible digital citizen is a 24/7/365 venture. Simply spotlighting a particular week or holding one or two face to face meetings at school does not release us from our obligation to focus on this each and every day. As parents, we need to continuously learn about new web sites and apps, monitor what our children are doing online, and focus how we model the balanced use of technology in our own lives.
In observance of Digital Citizenship week, I have put together a document to help all parents make sense of the current landscape. This is a culmination of the wisdom I have shared at the NAIS Conference this past February with three other outstanding educators, Renee Hawkins, Larry Kahn, and Marti Weston, the two parent sessions I have given at Quest, and a presentation given to the parents at an event at the Fletcher School in North Carolina to a group of parents from several schools in that area. What started as a simple handout quickly grew to a larger, 15 ,000 word document.
I hope you find this helpful.