The focus for the Pulaski Technology Committee this year is Digital Citizenship. Digital Citizenship encompasses a wide range of internet practices that our students – and our community -need to be aware of and understand. The three fundamental aspects are Respect, Educate, and Protect.|
RESPECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
- Digital Access – not all students are fortunate enough to have home access to the devices and/or internet that would help them with school projects, assignments, or research. We are working to help these students and their families have better access to school equipment and time to boost the advantages that digital access provides.
- Digital Etiquette – This can be one of the most pressing problems of Digital Citizenship. While most people recognize inappropriate behavior when they see it, they may not have a clear understanding of what is or is not appropriate in the digital society. It’s our job to work with our students, as well as listen to them, to keep them aware of their own status as a digital citizen.
- Digital Law – Basically, this translates to electronic responsibility for actions and deeds. Ethical use manifests itself in the form of abiding by the laws of society – stealing or causing damage to other people’s work, identity, or property online, is, quite simply, a crime. Anyone who works or plays online needs to be aware that hacking, downloading illegal music, creating viruses, or sending spam all fall into this category.
EDUCATE YOURSELF / CONNECT WITH OTHERS
- Digital Literacy – Schools have made great progress in the area of infusing technology into the educational setting, but there are many technologies being used in the work place that are not being used in schools. Our students also need to be taught sophisticated searching and processing skills that are required in other fields, such as business, the military, and medicine. Learners need to understand how to use the new emerging technologies quickly, efficiently, and appropriately.
- Digital Communication – The expanding digital communication options have changed everything – people are able to keep in constant communication with anyone else. While the communication and collaboration advantages are huge, it can be very difficult to discern exactly which of the many options are the most useful and most appropriate for any given situation or purpose.
- Digital Commerce – The mainstream availability of Internet purchases of toys, clothing, cars, food, etc. has become commonplace, and a large share of marketing economy is being done electronically. While legitimate and legal exchanges are taking place on a daily basis, there are also goods and services available that are in conflict with laws and/or morals. Both buyers and sellers need to be aware of the issues associated with their product or service, and users MUST learn how to distinguish between the two.
PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
- Digital Rights and Responsibilty – Every Digital Citizen has the right to privacy and freedom of speech, but with that also comes the responsibility of respecting those rights for others. Digital rights and responsibilities must work together, and users must continue an ongoing conversation to determine how the two can meld for everyone to be more productive.
- Safety / Security – In the digital community, as in any society, there are individuals who steal, deface, or disrupt other people. It is important to have virus protection, data backups, parental controls, and the physical protection of surge control on our devices to prevent damage or harm from outside forces.
- Health and Welfare – While there are many electronic digital pitfalls to be aware of, it’s also important to pay attention to our physical and mental well-being. Physically, eye strain, repetitive stress, and ergonomic issues can surface. In addition, psychological issues such as gaming or internet addiction are becoming more prevalent. Digital Citizenship includes a culture where technology users are taught how to protect themselves through education and training.
We have adapted these principles to be appropriate for grades Kindergarten through High School, and our goal is to make sure all of the students at Pulaski Academy are on the right road to becoming true Digital Citizens.