Every year in October, all schools in Canyons District celebrate Digital Citizenship Week, which was started to help students stay safe as they navigate the online world. Special lessons are taught in class and during morning announcements featuring tips on cyberbullying, online privacy and safety. Yes, the Internet is a valuable tool for learning. It’s also where we go to make and keep social connections. But children need guidelines for using technology.
However, it's not only kids who benefit from good digital citizenship. In a recent survey by Pew Research Center, 31% of U.S. adults now report that they go online “almost constantly,” up from 21% in 2015, and 48% who say they go online several times a day. Wellness impacts linked to significant amounts of time online include depression, anxiety, irritability, and sleep deprivation. Online interactions can also lead to public safety concerns such as harassment and theft.
See below for tips on what it means to be a good digital citizen, and links to additional resources.