4 Tips for an Effective Digital Citizenship Program

4 Tips for an Effective Digital Citizenship Program
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This article is authored by Matthew Keyes, Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator at San Juan School District in Utah and was originally published online in eSchool News.

Identifying the issues facing your school and learning how to prevent those issues is a proactive way to approach digital citizenship.

Today, students are not merely digital natives; they are voracious consumers and creators of digital content both in school and out. This increased access has also increased the risk that students will engage in riskier behaviors online or be exposed to content that’s inappropriate, or even dangerous. How to interact online in an appropriate way, and how to navigate difficult issues such as sexting and cyberbullying, often aren’t addressed in school curriculum, despite the huge impact they can have on students both emotionally and academically if things go wrong.

At the San Juan School District in Utah, we took some concrete steps in an effort to get out in front of the issue. As the district’s HR director and Title IX coordinator, I was hearing more concerns and seeing some worrying trends relating to cyberbullying, hazing, and sexual harassment, including some serious allegations involving students that occurred off of school grounds.

To read more about how the district addressed these critical issues, including how they implemented our Student Safety and Wellness Courses, read the full article on the eSchool News website

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