The School District of Rhinelander will be sharing monthly tips and resources on Digital Citizenship. To find out what Digital Citizenship means to you and your family, check out this short video.
Copyright law was established in 1710, but in the world that we are living in, there's a lot of misinformation about legal rights and responsibilities in the digital age. The Internet offers many opportunities to download, share, and re-use copyrighted material in many legal and illegal ways. Many people do not know what the rules are regarding copyright.
Copyright law is all about balance. Copyright is intended to protect original works, but it also ensures that people can access and re-use creative works in new ways. When students are working with digital resources online, they need to remember the following:
- Check who owns it.
- Get permission to use it.
- Give credit to the creator
- Buy it if necessary
- Use it responsibly
Watch the following video to learn more about copyright and how our students can legally take advantage of many digital resources available.
Copyright and Fair Use Animation
March - Texting
Kids love to text because it connects them to private moments with friends, no matter where they are or what else they’re doing. Billions of text messages are sent every year from our kids’ mobile devices. While most kids use messaging responsibly, it’s still a powerful and extremely private communication tool that can be used irresponsibly.
With texting, kids can’t see the reaction of the person receiving the message, so their actions can be separated from the consequences. Young people can be cruel, and their judgment and impulse control are not yet fully developed. If a text exchange becomes unpleasant, it can be very hurtful or even dangerous to their well being.
For more texting information visit:
Everything parents need to know about texting
Kids and Mobile Phones (On Guard Online)
Parents Guide to Kids and and Cellphones
February - Protecting Your Privacy
Digital Citizenship Reminder: Properly Adjust Privacy Settings on your Child’s Social Networking Sites
In a 2010 Youth Online Behavior Survey of 10-17 year olds, 46% of students said they had given out personal information to someone they didn’t know online.
Many social networking sites and chat rooms have adjustable privacy settings to restrict viewing access. Parents and guardians, talk with your child about the importance of these settings and your expectations of who should be allowed to view their profiles.
High privacy settings are suggested for children using chat rooms, including those chat environments within gaming devices. Most chat rooms allow users to control whether contacts can see their status, including if they're online or not. Some enable users to block messages from certain contacts on their list. Parent/guardians may find this feature useful for friends or non-relatives.
For each of these Internet tools, a screen name is needed to create an account. Encourage your child to think about the impression that screen names can make. A good screen name won't reveal much about how old they are, where they live or their gender. For privacy purposes, your child's screen names should not be the same as their email address.
You may want to limit your child's online "friends" to people they actually know. Remind your kids that the number of friends they have online does not equate the number of real friends they actually have.
When you talk to your teen, set reasonable expectations. Anticipate how you will react if you find out that he/she has done something online that you haven't approved.
Get tips on how you can protect your kids' personal privacy online at Common Sense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/protecting-kids-privacy-online
January - Device Care
The School District of Rhinelander is supplying many of our students with a Chromebook device. The supplied instructional device’s function provides student access to required educational materials needed for each student to be successful. The Chromebook allows student access to Infinite Campus, Moodle, Google Classroo, Google Apps for Education, educational web-based tools, as well as many other useful sites. The supplied device is an educational tool not intended for gaming, social networking or high end computing.
Students are responsible for the general care of the Chromebook that has been issued by the school. Chromebooks will be collected at the end of each school year and students will retain their original Chromebook each year while enrolled at SDR.
Here are some general precautions that you can review with your students.
- At the high school, students are responsible for bringing completely charged Chromebooks for use every school day.
- Never store your Chromebook in your carry case or backpack while plugged in.
- If cases have been assigned, Chromebooks need to be stored in the cases when not in use.
- Do not store additional items in the front pocket of the case, as it may contribute to screen damage.
- If storing Chromebooks on shelves, make sure they are securely placed and plugged in completely.
- Only use a Chromebook with clean hands. We are seeing a lot of dirty, oily devices.
- No food or drink is allowed next to your Chromebook while it is in use.
- A Chromebook should always be closed when you carry it.
- Do not carry or hold the Chromebook by the screen.
- Student name shall remain on the device at all times.
- Students should always use the Chromebook with their own account.
- Chromebooks should never be left in a car or any unsupervised area.
- Please report a lost or damaged Chromebook immediately.
For more information please review the Chromebook Handbook as well as other Chromebook resources found on the School District website. http://www.rhinelander.k12.wi.us/district/Chromebooks.cfm
December - Screen Time
The December edition of the School District of Rhinelander’s Digital Citizenship tips and resources focuses on Screen Time.
Children in this digital age spend between 5 to 9 hours of total screen time, which can include gaming, watching TV, viewing online videos, social media and texting. This can start early and it increases dramatically as kids become tweens and teens. Common Sense Media offers advice and answers frequently asked questions for a variety of age level. Common Sense Media Screen Time FAQ
It is important to teach children to moderate their own screen time habits, and finding the right balance for your family is essential. HealthyChildren.org states, “All children and teens need adequate sleep (8-12 hours, depending on age), physical activity (1 hour), and time away from media. Designate media-free times together (e.g., family dinner) and media-free zones (e.g., bedrooms). Children should not sleep with devices in their bedrooms, including TVs, computers, and smartphones.” (https://goo.gl/psQPuk)
Parents can create a personalized media plan with their children’s needs in mind with this online tool. See the tool in action before trying it. (Video)
Online Tool - https://goo.gl/QaDWSa
Video - https://goo.gl/BeFi5m
November - Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is bullying or harassment that happens online. It can happen in an email, a text message, a game, or on a social networking site. It might involve spreading rumors or images posted on someone's profile or passed around for others to see, or creating a group or page to make a person feel left out.
What do you do if you are being cyberbullied?
Don’t respond! Bullies usually are looking for a reaction. Ignore the bully, save the evidence, such as texts, emails, facebook conversations, etc. and share it with an adult.
For additional answers to frequently asked questions and video tips to help your child deal with cyberbullying, please visit Common Sense Media’s Stop Cyberbullying FAQs.
What do you do if you suspect child is the cyberbully?
Check out this article from Common Sense Media to give you behaviors and signs that you can look for to help you determine if your child is a cyberbully. This resource from PureSight has ideas about how to help you address your child’s cyberbullying.
October - Social Media
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Kik and others are how tweens and teens communicate online; it's important to help your child learn how to navigate these spaces safely. Among the pitfalls that come with online socializing are sharing too much information or posting comments, photos, or videos that can damage a reputation or hurt someone's feelings.
Social media sites and apps have an age requirement of 13 for your child’s protection. For more information about why age limits matter, read the following article: “Why Age Limits Matter”
Here are some things to review with your child or teen:
- Be Careful about revealing your location.
- Never post personal information online. This includes: location, address, phone number, email, etc
- Use Privacy Settings and limit your social network to people you know.
- "Friends" aren't always who they say they are; undercover police and pedophiles pretend to be kids online.
- Think before you post.
- Anything they do or post online creates a digital record, often called your "Cyber Footprint." Nothing online is totally private, even if you intend it to be. Once digitized, it can be saved, sent and reposted elsewhere.
- Be Respectful
- A good rule of thumb; If you wouldn’t say it in front of a parent, teacher, grandparent or principal don’t post it.
- Watch the clock
- Limit your time spent on social media
September - One-to-One with Chromebooks
The School District of Rhinelander is continuing to support a One-to-One learning environment in several of our schools. The district is supplying students in 4th - 5th grade with a Chromebook device that is the property of SDR . The supplied instructional device’s function will provide each student access to required educational materials needed for each student to be successful.
In our elementary schools, we have also increased access to mobile devices. In our Kindergarten and 1st Grade classrooms, students will have access to multiple iPads and in 2nd and 3rd grade, Chromebooks have been placed in each classroom. Our goal is to increase the access to mobile devices and provide resources for research, communication, multimedia content creation, and collaboration.
The School District of Rhinelander is dedicated to the goal of putting tools into the hands of students to help support and enhance education. We are excited to offer both opportunities to our students and we have developed guidelines to ensure learning remains the key focus.
For additional information and guidelines for our One-to-One Chromebook program please visit the following websites. You can find the Chromebook Handbook as well as Chromebook care and cleaning videos.
One-to-One Chromebook - http://www.rhinelander.k12.wi.us/Chromebooks.cfm
Check out this video to learn more about Chromebooks. Chromebooks for Education
|Last Updated: 1/10/17|