Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. It is a concept which helps teachers, students, and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is a way to prepare students and teachers, and parents for a society full of technology. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.
Assembly Bill 307 and S 1492
Today students and children will be the first generation to use the Internet for their entire lives. This unprecedented access to resources will enhance their learning, research, communications, explorations for new ideas, and expressions of creativity. Unfortunately, this remarkable resource has become susceptible to abuse that often targets young people.
To address this concern, Assembly Bill 307 and S 1492 now require that all California students and teachers receive instruction in Internet Safety and ethical use of information. This includes information on Appropriate Online Behavior, Social Networking, Cyber Bullying, Information Literacy, Plagiarism, Copyright, and Peer to Peer Network File Sharing. This web site provides links about cyber safety, its importance and resources for students, teachers and parents.