Digital Citizenship @ Herndon High School

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Each Quarter for the 2018-2019 School Year, we will engage students in a Digital Citizenship lesson during TA. The family support materials for those lessons can be found below. We encourage you to have these conversations with your teens at home using the Family Tip Sheets provided in these lessons.

Quarter 1: Common Sense on Privacy and Digital Footprints

During TA on October 18th, all students participated in a digital citizenship lesson that focuses on the information students share online. This lesson will help our students identify some of the benefits of sharing information online, as well as reflect on the risks of sharing inappropriate information (oversharing) online. We want the students to think critically about what they choose to post and share about themselves online.

To support this discussion at home, please review this Family Tip Sheet from Common Sense Media (English). For more information about Digital citizenship, visit the FCPS Digital Citizenship: Families resource page.

Quarter 2: Digital Citizenship Lesson: Copyrights and Wrongs

For the month of March, teachers in TA have been working on a lesson which looks at the question, “How can I make responsible choices when I use other people’s creative work?” Lesson objectives will ask the students to learn more about these areas:

  • identify the legal and ethical considerations involved in using the creative work of others.
  • understand an individual’s rights and responsibilities as a creator and consumer of content.
  • practice critical thinking and ethical decision making about the use of creative works.

To support this discussion at home, please review this Family Tip Sheet from Common Sense Media (English), (Español). For more information about Digital citizenship, visit the FCPS Digital Citizenship: Families resource page.

Quarter 3: Who Are You Online?

For the month of April, teachers in TA have been working on a lesson which looks at the question, “How do you present yourself to the world online and offline?” Lesson objectives will ask the students to learn more about these areas:

  • reflect on the similarities and differences in how people represent themselves online and offline.
  • understand that they might choose to show different parts of themselves online, depending on context and audience.
  • consider the risks and benefits of assuming different personas online, and think critically about what it means to be genuine in an online context.

To support this discussion at home, please review this Family Tip Sheet from Common Sense Media (English), (Español). For more information about Digital citizenship, visit the FCPS Digital Citizenship: Families resource page.

Quarter 4: Turn Down the Dial on Cyberbullying

For the month of May, teachers in TA have been working on a lesson which looks at the question, “How do you present yourself to the world online and offline?” Lesson objectives will ask the students to learn more about these areas:

  • reflect on the factors that intensify online cruelty and cyberbullying.
  • identify what targets and upstanders can do when online cruelty occurs.
  • recognize their own role in escalating or de-escalating online cruelty.

To support this discussion at home, please review this Family Tip Sheet from Common Sense Media (English), (Español). For more information about Digital citizenship, visit the FCPS Digital Citizenship: Families resource page.