Internet Safety & Digital Citizenship

Internet Safety & Digital Citizenship

  • Helping our students stay safe and make responsible choices on the Internet is of great importance to the Fort Hancock Independent School District, and Internet safety can be promoted at home. The following resources will help students and their families develop Internet Safety practices and Digital Citizenship behaviors. 
    With increased access to devices and the Internet, the concept of Digital Citizenship is of great importance for all who use "the web". Digital Citizenship relates to the way in which individuals communicate and present themselves on the Internet, and the identity users develop through interactions on the Internet and social networking sites.  School-based activities and discussion about Digital Citizenship include awareness and resources related to Internet Safety and cyberbullying prevention and response. The Fort Hancock Independent School District includes instruction in Digital Citizenship at appropriate grade levels as students access the Internet at school. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child's teacher, teacher-librarian, counselor, or the principal at your child's school.
    With these resources, you can begin the conversation at home today!
    • Australian Government: Hector's World - Student Home

      The Australian Government eSafety Commissioner has created animated video resources that parents can share with their elementary school-aged students. Students will follow story characters, “Hector and his sea creature friends,” as they learn about safe online practices. 

      Link to a classroom teacher's guide, which includes activity sheets and lesson plans.



    • Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

      COPPA regulates what information websites can collect from children under the age of 13 and how that information may be used. The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection provides online guides for parents and businesses about compliance with COPPA. 
    • Common Sense Media

      Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. The site includes information about safe Internet use, content filtering, and digital citizenship as well as recommendations about media entertainment including TV, movies, games, apps, and even, books.

    • ConnectSafely

      ConnectSafely offers resources for anyone engaged in and interested in the impact of social media and mobile technology The site includes free download-able parent guides for social media. Each guide addresses the features of social media and provides tips for instructing children on the safe use of social media and digital devices.

    • Edutopia: How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

      A lesson plan example that parents can use to teach younger children about internet safety.  Includes links to online quizzes and videos to help support learning.

    • GCF Global: Teaching Kids About Internet Safety

      This tutorial by Goodwill Community Foundation Global is designed for any parent or guardian who wants to learn how to keep their kids safe online. The tutorial includes tips, recommended guidelines and links to other internet safety resources.

    • ISTE Standards for Students

      The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) creates standards for students and educators. 

    • National Cyber Security Alliance: Stay Safe Online

      Shared by the Stay Safe Online branch of the National Cyber Security Alliance, this website provides an outline on how parents can guide their children to become good digital citizens. It includes links to other resources specifically for teens.

    • OnGuard

      OnGuard Online provides information about protecting children online. The Net Cetera resource include an outreach toolkit for communicating safety information to others in the community.
    • Stop Think Connect

      Stop Think Connect is a global cyber-security awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safe and secure online. This site offers information to take security precautions, understand the consequences of actions and behaviors, and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.
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