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Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Digital Citizenship at Home

If we want them to be good digital citizens, we ourselves must model what good digital citizenship looks like to our kids.

“Nicolas, please don’t check your phone at the table.” Recently, I’ve been trying to teach Nicolas about being a good digital citizen. Digital Citizenship is a buzzword in education circles and refers to how we should use technology and social media in a way that contributes to the good of society, others, and ourselves. Just…
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3 Tips to Help You Teach Digital Citizenship to Your Kids

"Digital tools will come and go: for children, knowing that their parents are continually trying to engage with them will be valuable forever."

In January 2014, Lancaster Online featured an expose entitled, “Do you know what your teen is doing on Twitter? High school crush accounts deal in sexual fantasies” that explored how Lancaster County high schoolers have been using public Twitter accounts to anonymously post “their often vulgar attraction to one another and describe sexual fantasies, using…
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Digital Citizenship Gone Wrong: A Clear and Present Danger

Our children are facing a clear and present danger and only a small percentage of parents understand the extent of that danger.

Rebecca Sedwick, a 12 year old girl, jumped to her death from a third-story cement plant structure in central Florida on Sept. 10 of last year. She had been a victim of continual cyberbullying as well as verbal and even physical bullying throughout 2012 and 2013. Sadly, Rebecca is not the only girl whose life…
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Kids, Apps, Cancer, and Coding: Digital Citizenship Done Well

"By teaching your children how to be good digital citizens, you are helping to make this world a better place."

Conner Haines is an unassuming 12 year old with a contagious smile and a passion for technology. He rarely goes anywhere without his trusty iPad and while many boys prefer rowdy sports, Conner is perfectly happy building apps. Despite his meek and modest personality that prefers to work quietly in the background, Conner was the…
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Our “Catchiest” Title Yet: A Parent’s Guide to Pokémon GO

A Parent’s Guide to Pokémon GO

The Pokémon GO mobile game is being played by millions, and parents need to know the benefits and risks. Read this short guide to learn more. What is Pokémon GO? Pokémon GO is a popular mobile game that was created by Niantic and released in July, 2016. It’s based on the popular Pokémon franchise that…
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