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.
- Teach kids to use bookmarks and safe search
- Consider using filtering and blocking software
- Have older siblings help teach younger children to be safe and responsible online
- Share wisdom
- Seek balance
- Keep an open mind
- Success depends on the ability to use digital media to create, collaborate, and communicate well with others
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.
- Teach kids not to use passwords that are easy to guess
- Passwords should not contain private identity information
- Do not use a word in the dictionary as a password
- Combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols are harder to crack
- Teach your kids to be careful with what they download