Digital CitizenshipChapel Hill ISD feels strongly that all students should be prepared to be good citizens in digital environments, just as they are expected to be good citizens in the physical world. Students should receive instruction on the safe and proper way to use technology and on digital citizenship topics including internet safety, privacy & security, relationships & communication, cyber-bullying, digital footprint & reputation, self-image & identity, information literacy, and creative credit & copyright. In accordance with the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires schools to educate students about appropriate online behavior. This includes education on interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and on cyber-bullying awareness and response.
Responsible Use of Technology in CHISD
Technology is integrated throughout the work and learning days of employees and students, and responsible use of technologies goes hand-in-hand with the privilege of technology access. Below you will find official district policies which cover the responsible use of technology by employees and students. All employees and students agree to follow these policies by virtue of their association with the school district.
As an employee, it is important that you be familiar with and follow these policies. If you are a teacher, it is important that you hold your students to the standards of these policies through modeling responsible use and requiring your students to practice responsible use of technology for learning, regardless of whether the technology is district owned or personally owned. CHISD's responsible use policies are built on the foundation of the Digital Citizenship. You can read more about this concept at www.digitialcitizenship.net.Today, many of us live a big part of our lives online. That's why it's important that the internet be a safe place for playing, learning, and hanging out. Here are some links to help students, families, and teachers keep their online communities safe and fun.
The following links are redirected from the CHISD website. CHISD is not responsible for their content.
For High School Students
For Middle School Students
- How do you decide what images and information to post online? Real teens talk back.
- Creating a profile without making yourself a target: Check out this checklist for making online profiles that don't say, "Hey, steal my identity! Come to my house and bother me!
- MTV looks at The Thin Line between public and private, funny and cruel, devotion and stalking, love and abuse. Will you stand by or stand up?
- True stories: Ryan and Noah made mistakes online. Listen to their survivor stories and ask yourself, would I have been brave enough to tell?
- Totally practical and no-frills tips on being a smart, independent teen online.
- Digital Citizenship Lessons by Common Sense Media
For Elementary Students
- This video with real kids is a great reminder about the power YOU have to make a difference. Will you stand by, or stand up?
- Aly made her profile private, but was that enough? A conversation at the water fountain makes her wonder. Avoid sketchy creeps and enjoy these characters.
- Keean and Lolo aren't going out, but Keean's ex won't stop texting Lolo. What should they do about her cyber bullying?
- How much time do you spend gaming? See how you compare to these real kids.
- Don't be that kid--instead, follow these tips to stay out of trouble and keep your independence online.
- Digital citizenship lessons from Common Sense Media
For Family Members and Teachers
- Pause and Think Online - Song/Video/Lyrics.
- Clicky is throwing a party for his good friend, Router the robo-pup. But it’s hard to plan a party when you have to save the Internet from sneaky outlaws and help pals Nettie and Webster deal with tricky people in the real world.
- Faux Paw the web-surfing cat runs into trouble - and fun games!
- Protect our computers--learn the rap so you remember, "Don't open that file!"
- Digital Citizenship Lessons from Common Sense Media
- 10 Simple Steps to Internet Safety: How to have a quick, valuable talk with your kids about staying safe online.
- Facebook for Parents: Protect your teen's reputation on Facebook.
- Teens' "Rules of the Road": Nickelodeon's fun, smart site gives older students tools to feel confident on the information highway. Good conversation starter for teachers or parents.
- Can you Spot the Scam? Teachers, this is a fun bell-ringer to rev those critical thinking engines.
- Here are some fantastic educational games recommended for kids in each age group.