Digital Citizenship

West Clay Elementary strives to foster a safe, organized, educationally beneficial environment, both offline and online, to provide a structure for students where skills can be developed to become motivated, self-reliant, productive citizens.  All members of West Clay Elementary will be good digital citizens by being safe, responsible, and respectful with their technology. Teachers and staff will model and provide instruction for students regularly about using technology safely and effectively in the classroom and personally.  Staff members will teach deliberate lessons on the safe use of technology but additionally strive to make it a part of their classroom culture. By doing so, students and staff of West Clay Elementary will protect information, treat others kindly, and credit their sources. West Clay administrators, teachers, and students know the importance of technology as a tool in the 21st Century educational landscape when technology is used safely and appropriately.

Common Sense Media Certified School

Common Sense Schools are committed to deep implementation of the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum.  Earning the Common Sense School badge is a symbol of our school’s dedication to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.

West Clay aspires to become a Common Sense Certified School to implement Carmel Clay Schools district wide digital citizenship goals.  This certification will contribute to a positive school culture where our entire community is invested in helping students thrive as digital learners and citizens.  The Common Sense badge allows all stakeholders to affirm their commitment to schoolwide implementation of these goals and ideals.

Common Sense Media is a resource for both parents and teachers as they seek to create a community where students have the opportunity to develop strong digital citizenship skills.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Reviews

Common Sense Family Tip Page

Common Sense Media Family Agreement

Common Sense Media Family Tips

Teach kids to use bookmarks and safe search

Teach your child to bookmark his or her favorite sites.  Your child will be less likely to go somewhere online that is not safe.  Use safe search options on web browsers to make sure your child can search safely.

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Consider using filtering and blocking software

Some parents find these tools to be useful to help protect younger children from accessing inappropriate content.  The stakes are high because our students' technical abilities can be greater than their maturity and judgment.


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Have older siblings help teach younger children to be safe and responsible online

Let older children know that you want them to help you protect their little brothers and sisters online.  Kids can become strong digital citizens by watching strong role models.


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Share wisdom

Often, kids don't understand how their actions affect others.  We need to teach kids to choose their words carefully, play nicely with others, and respect their teachers.  Now we have to extend these lessons to a digital world.  As a parent, you can translate your values into a digital world and help kids understand.

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Seek balance

If our kids are going to thrive with digital media, we must balance the negative with the positive, privacy with protection.  AS our children grow, they need more independence and privacy.  But parents have to be sure their kids know how to be safe and responsible before letting them loose.

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Keep an open mind

We don't see the world the way our kids do.  It is important for us to understand that our kids will spend much of their lives in a connected world, where everyone creates and communicates.  We need to help them enjoy and learn from it.

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Success depends on the ability to use digital media to create, collaborate, and communicate well with others

Those who master these skills will benefit from the awesome power of the digital world!

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Online Security Family Tip Sheet

Teach kids not to use passwords that are easy to guess

Online security can prevent exposure to phishing, malware, spyware, spam, and junk. Strong passwords can prevent data and identity theft.

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Passwords should not contain private identity information

Identity thieves can use this information to pretend to be your child.  Thieves may gain access to email and potentially cause financial loss to the family.

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Do not use a word in the dictionary as a password

Hackers use programs that will try every word in the dictionary to guess passwords.  Never provide personal information such as address or social security number. A hacker may be posing as someone else.

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Combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols are harder to crack

Strong passwords protect families from greedy little programs that pose as respectable software that can wreak havoc on computers.

Teach your kids to be careful with what they download

Let your child know not to download free games or videos to their computer.  Teach kids how to deal with spam. Spam is internet junk and should not be opened.  The best strategy is not to open email from addresses that are not familiar.

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