It’s a ritual—you pick up your student after school, they jump in the car, and they grab your phone or tablet and start swiping. But have you paid attention to the sites they visit or the apps they log into? Are you confident your student is making wise decisions about content they post on Snapchat? Does your child know what to do if they encounter a cyberbully?

With 92 percent of teens going online daily and nearly three-quarters of kids age 0-8 using apps, teaching good digital citizenship is crucial. Teaching good Digital Citizenship empowers your student to participate responsibly in the digital world.

This week, CPS and schools across the country are raising awareness about keeping kids safe and responsible in the digital world. From October 18-24, CPS is joining Common Sense Media and educators across the country in celebrating Digital Citizenship Week. Through events, lessons, and social media, we are spotlighting the importance teaching our students how to leave a positive digital footprint.

Chicago Public Schools kicked off our week at Von Linne Elementary school where kindergartners sang “Pause & Think Online ”, and a group of sixth graders, also known as our Media Mentors for the day, held a panel to discuss online responsibility. They took questions from former Chicago Bear Otis Wilson, parents, and younger students about their online activities, what place social media has in the world, what rules their parents evoke regarding electronics, and more.

While the fun will continue all week long, CPS isn’t limiting this important topic to just this week. We’ve partnered with Common Sense Media to create Digital Citizenship curriculum for teachers as well as videos, tips, and other resources for our parents.

Use #CPSDigCit on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram this week to check out videos made by our students and to join the conversation. And, be sure to visit cps.edu/digitalcitizenship for more information and resources.

Happy surfing!

Donna Román
Chicago Public Schools, Instructional Technology