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Digital Citizenship

Why Donald Trump Is Making It Hard To Teach Digital Citizenship

Diana Graber | Posted 05.26.2016 | Home
Diana Graber

Donald Trump is making it very, very difficult to teach lessons in "digital citizenship" (how to use the Internet safely, respectfully, and responsibly). Those of us who teach digital citizenship in the classroom work hard to impress upon students the significance of their "digital footprints."

Social Media and Email: The Lost Art of Communication and Conversation

Sue Scheff | Posted 04.21.2016 | Home
Sue Scheff

I'll be the first one to say how much our lives have flourished with digital technology and social media. Businesses are marketed in ways they never could have been before. Email alone has had an incredible impact on the way we communicate. However, what happens when the message gets lost in the electronic communication and people don't want to connect the old-fashion way?

Internet Safety Education: 10 Questions Parents Should Be Asking

Diana Graber | Posted 04.15.2016 | Home
Diana Graber

Last week a school near me suffered a social media mishap involving its students. This, an increasingly common byproduct of our day, unfortunately catches many a school by surprise. So I received this call: "Help! Can you come to our school to give an "Internet Safety" presentation? And can you keep it to under an hour?"

How to Deal With Scary News About Social Media

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.18.2017 | Home
Common Sense Media

While parenting in the digital age can feel overwhelming -- especially since we're the first generation of parents figuring this out -- it doesn't have to be so scary. Remember that high-profile incidents will get attention in the news, but most kids are using social media to connect with friends.

"What If's" Surrounding Social Media's Role in Nicole Lovell's Death

Diana Graber | Posted 02.04.2017 | Home
Diana Graber

This week I spent an awful lot of time talking about the tragic murder of Nicole Lovell. She is the 13-year-old central Virginia girl whose body was f...

Amazon Kids' Fire Promotes Sleep, Life Balance

Jenifer Joy Madden | Posted 12.19.2015 | Home
Jenifer Joy Madden

Parents are getting help from a fun-filled tablet that encourages kids to go to bed on time. The Amazon Fire Kids Edition shuts off so cleverly and ge...

7 High School Tips for Freshmen

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 12.03.2016 | Home
Todd VanDuzer

Remember the stress of high school? While a lot has changed since you were in that position, high-school stress is something that's still alive and well. Here's some advice for parenting high school freshmen in 2016.

Are You Sharing More Than Your Kids Online?

Jennifer Hanley | Posted 12.01.2016 | Home
Jennifer Hanley

According to our findings, one in five parents (19%), posted something online that their child may find embarrassing in the future, and 10% have said their child asked them to take down something they posted online about the child.

Practical Advice for Raising Kids in the Digital Age

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 11.04.2016 | Home
Denise Lisi DeRosa

Talk to your kids and set your expectations for acceptable use of technology before you allow your child access to a new device, gaming system or on to social media platforms. Recognize that kids do not see a difference in their online and offline lives, so your approach needs to be seamless.

It's Time to Have 'The Talk' With Your Kids About Being Smart and Safe Online

Common Sense Media | Posted 10.21.2016 | Home
Common Sense Media

You don't have to be an expert on texting, Instagram, Minecraft -- or whatever else your kids are into -- to have The Talk. Start by reading up on what's going on in your kids' world (for younger kids and older kids). Ask them to show you what they like online, and why. Be sure to listen.

New School Year. New Smart Phone. New Ground Rules.

Nathan R. Monell, CAE | Posted 09.23.2016 | Home
Nathan R. Monell, CAE

The start of a new school year comes with new people to meet, new material to learn, new rules to follow and for some kids, new responsibilities like taking care of their first phone or device and diving into a whole new social world online.

Choose to Be CyberCivil

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Denise Lisi DeRosa

As a parent, I think it is important not only to talk to your kids about responsible use of technology, but also to set an example of good digital citizenship. Take some time to reflect on your online behavior and be a good digital role model for your child.

Facebook's 'Dislike' Button Will Make it Easier to Online Bully

Diana Graber | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Diana Graber

Maybe it's just me, but these new online communication tools seem entirely unnecessary. After all, trolls, bullies, and haters have being doing just fine with their words.

Family Cell Phone Contract and Technology Use Policy

Carrie Goldman | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home
Carrie Goldman

Our middle school daughter just received her first phone and I decided to create our own family cell phone and technology use contract, drawing on my own expertise in the area of digital citizenship as well as the expertise and suggestions of others.

Identifying Teenage Cyberbullying Behavior

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 08.07.2016 | Home
Suren Ramasubbu

Teens have a secret life. Much as it may be hard to digest for parents, a trot down memory lane into one's own teenage will prove that there are some circles in the teenager's life that exclude parents.

Be Your Best Self Online

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 07.27.2016 | Home
Denise Lisi DeRosa

What is it about technology that makes some people behave badly? We tell our kids that their digital reputation and presence online is part of their overall character. Unfortunately, kids are getting mixed messages when they see examples of bad behavior all around them online, and not just from their peers but also from a large cross-section of the online community.

How Technology Helps Me to Be a Better Parent

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 07.20.2016 | Home
Denise Lisi DeRosa

The Internet doesn't have to be a scary place; it's full of potential and promise. Just like our kids.

Things to Think About During the Internet Safety Month

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 06.30.2016 | Home
Suren Ramasubbu

The U.S. Congress, supported by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), has designated June as National Internet Safety Month. As we near the end of the month, what are the lessons we have learned about cyber safety so far?

Teens and Digital Wisdom: Give Them a Round of Applause

Sue Scheff | Posted 06.30.2016 | Home
Sue Scheff

We often hear negative news about teens and how they use digital media. But research shows that teens can actually show adults a few things about being cyber-savvy.

What Is It About Anonymous Apps That Kids Love?

Diana Graber | Posted 02.10.2015 | Home
Diana Graber

You'd think with all the bad press anonymous apps like Yik Yak, Secret,, and Whisper get, we'd have heard the last of them, right?

The New Language Of Online Safety

Diana Graber | Posted 01.17.2015 | Home
Diana Graber

Teaching kids the resiliency and coping skills that will help keep them safe online is not happening on a wide scale, at least not in American classrooms.

Digital Citizenship Week: Share Awesome Online

Otha Thornton | Posted 12.28.2014 | Home
Otha Thornton

Given how ubiquitous technology is, and with kids getting more tech-savvy than ever and new gadgets, social media platforms and apps being released every day, keeping children safe online is very important.

Are You Oversharing On Social Media?

Sue Scheff | Posted 12.08.2014 | Home
Sue Scheff

When teens consider the concept of addiction, they likely think about cigarettes and substance abuse, but oversharing on social media doesn't always register as a cause for concern.

Will Your Kids Be Getting These Digital Lessons This Year?

Diana Graber | Posted 11.04.2014 | Home
Diana Graber

Cyber Civics prepares kids for their digital lives by teaching them how to protect their online privacy, manage their digital reputation, prevent and/or respond appropriately to cyberbullying, avoid plagiarism and copyright infringement and so much more

Kids and Technology: Can We Ever Really Keep Up?

Diana Graber | Posted 10.14.2014 | Home
Diana Graber

There is still one realm where we are ahead of our kids, and that's in "life skills," which are sorely needed--believe it or not--in digital spaces. These life skills include things like kindness, respect, and thoughtfulness, and they're considered skills because in the old days, we actually learned them by observing the behavior of the adults around us.