Lowell Elementary School PTA
10 December 2013
What is Digital Citizenship?
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Image by San José Library
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998
(new updates July 1, 2013)
Children must be 13 years of age to use a site
that collects any personal information about
Personal vs. Private - is there a difference?
How do expectations change as your child gets
Terms of Service
Make your children
Also look at
Privacy Policies or
Some are actually easy to read :)
A Top Ten...
List of Discussion Topics for
Parenting in a Digital World
1. Draw a line in the sand...
and then sign a pre-nup.
Once the rules are set, put them in writing.
...with your children. Ask them what they think are reasonable boundaries. Working with them creates
buy-in and a sense of joint purpose.
Where and what are the electronic devices
in your house?
What are the hours of use for tech tools?
Do they have to ask permission to visit new
Are you “friends” with your children on social
What are the expectations when visiting a
2. Be wishy-washy.
Explaining to your child why the change is
happening lets them know we all learn and
adapt with new information.
It’s okay to change your mind, to try a set of rules and then change them.
3. Play Your Top 40.
Have them envision 40 people:
the dean of admissions to the college of their
their potential employers
How are those people going to react when they
see your post?
4. The Price is Right
A $400 pencil? An $800 bracelet? Would you
worry about these items getting lost,
damaged or stolen?
5. On the Catwalk
Model it. Work it. Show your kids that the rules
are livable. By everyone in the family.
Digital images: an entry point to the
6. Fly like an Eagle
It is tempting to put our heads in the sand and
say that kids are “digital natives” and are fine.
Kids are also vehicular natives. Can you
imagine giving your keys to an 11 year old?
Even when you want to be an ostrich.
7. Technology by Proxy
If your child doesn’t have a device, that doesn’t
mean they aren’t aware, viewing, or
participating in digital behaviors that may be
8. Missing Persons
In the hours our kids are consuming media
content, what aren’t they doing?
9. Everything is educational
What are you learning?
10. Parent, party of one.
Don’t be afraid to stand up to the pressure of
your kids and your own peers and say ‘no’.
Tracking the Trackers - Gary
Kovacs, Mozilla CEO
Browser add-ons or
A Clea.nr Internet
Simple Profanity Filter (for
Ghostery (identify and block
Lightbeam (for Firefox)