February Digital Citizenship Resource

February Digital Citizenship Resource
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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, relationships are in the spotlight everywhere you turn. In the Jeffco TechForEd program, we’re looking at relationships, too, specifically how they play out online. 

During the month of February, our fifth and ninth grade classrooms will engage in digital citizenship learning related to Relationships and Communication. Through this unit, we will explore how to build positive relationships, avoid risky online talk, and understand why some topics and conversations are not suited for digital platforms. Students will also gain an understanding of how to communicate effectively online, including on social media platforms, by using both intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.

At home, you can support your students in understanding digital Relationships and Communication in a variety of ways. Not every child is ready to use social media. If your child is asking to be, have a conversation with them about the responsibility needed and what online relationships and communication should and should not look like.  If your child already uses social media, ask them how they are making real, positive connections. Try sharing your own experiences to open up the conversation. 

Monthly Motto: We know the power of words and actions. 

Discussion Question for School and Home: 

How can I digitally communicate effectively and positively to build relationships? 

Relationships and Communication Family Activities: 

Family Tips Sheet

Help kids build positive relationships and boundaries

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Additional Family Engagement Resources

Common Sense Media Resources

Jeffco’s Tech for Ed Website   

“Active mentorship is crucial for kids in the digital age. We want to teach kids to do the right thing, not "catch" them doing the wrong thing.” ~ Devorah Heitner, PhD

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