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Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship is an over-arching "Big Idea" that we want ALL students to understand and live out. God's love for us and in turn our love for each other is not confined to the "face to face" world, but includes the online world as well. Throughout your child's time at St. John they will be engaged with topics such as digital literacy, digital etiquette, digital law, digital health and wellness, digital security, and digital commerce.***

Digital Citizenship Contracts
St. John Digital Citizenship Contracts are completed by all 5th-8th Grade students at the beginning of each school year and are kept on file with the Technology Coordinator. The contract reflects student use and expectations throughout the day.

Online Student Privacy and Security
One of the most important digital lessons a student can learn is how their personal information is being used online. To that extent, we strive to only partner with web services who do not send SPAM email to students, or who promise not to sell student data to a third-party. Where ever possible, we work to limit the amount of advertising a student is exposed to during the school day as well. We encourage students to use versions of web services that are specifically designed for educational purposes and who limit student access to questionable or inappropriate content. We strive to partner with sites and services who understand the rights and responsibilities they have with regards to student data.

Another important aspect is the relationship between what is labeled as public on the Internet and what is private. The truth is, nothing we ever put online is truly private. Someone we have shared private information with could easily copy and paste that content onto the public Web without our permission. The default sharing option for our learning community is "private" (private in this case means not indexed by Google and included in normal web searches). There are times however throughout the year when we do want student work published to a wider audience. We often hear about students using poor judgement and posting inappropriate material on the Internet, but rarely do we hear about students posting content that is important and meaningful. While we may not want ALL of our student learning to be published to the public web, it is however important for our students to develop strategies for successfully utilizing the public facing web in a safe and secure manner.


***Digital Citizenship concepts identified and developed by Mike Ribble <http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/>

 

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