Raising Responsible Digital Citizens: A Workshop for Parents

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Raising Responsible Digital Citizens: A Workshop for Parents

The following workshop has been developed for parents as an informative and interactive workshop. It can be delivered by members of a school as a face to face group parent engagement strategy or as a stand alone activity for parents to work through on their own either at home or at school locations where a parent area, lounge, or lending library has been established.

The goal is to provide parents and guardians with tips, tricks, and strateiges en route to understanding their own digital footprint and how they work with their children to understand theirs.

Audience: Parents and Guardians of Children 10+

The Rationale / Description: Our global society has changed how students find, access, and use information. Collaborating online and sharing information is a skill that needs to be nurtured. Information on the Internet is vast but it can also be overwhelming. How do you filter all of the information that is available and how do you determine what is good and what is not? Further, how much information are you providing online and how does it represent you?
Explore how to use and share information on the Internet while protecting the privacy of you and your children in the process. In today’s complex physical and virtual world it is becoming increasingly necessary that children and adults alike understand their digital identity so as to ensure that it is a true representation of the real-life physical self. This workshop is designed to provide tips, tricks, and strategies for ensuring a basic understanding of the digital world and strategies for working with your tweens and teens at home.

Presentation Framework: The framework of this presentation and workshop is the CODE (The Council of Ontario Directors of Education ) Parent Toolkit (specifically pages 32-37). The activities within are intended to spark conversations between parent and child so as to develop a relationship and culture of trust. The activities provide the foundation with which to ask those all important open-ended questions that start a conversation rather than one-word answers. For example, the Reppler website (http://www.reppler.com) is a social media monitoring service designed to help users manage their online image across different social networks (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube). It does so by showing users how they are perceived across social networks, by telling users the makeup of their social network connections, and by identifying any potential issues and risks. By its very nature, the service provides a snapshot of use which is perfect for conversations between parent and child.

The CODE Parent Toolkit

The Presentation

Web Resources

Reppler: http://www.reppler.com
Google Alerts: http://www.google.com/alerts
Socioclean: http://socioclean.com/
StatusCloud: http://statuscloud.icodeforlove.com/?ref=nf



  1. How would I go about arranging a digital citizenship workshop for parents at Bellmoore school. Is there any support and or person at the Board that would also be able to introduce the capability of the eLearning Platform and functionality for parents to support their children at home.

    • A teacher or adminstrator at your school can reach out to the 21CL consultant assigned to the school (Sonya Clarke in your case) who can help to customize a presentation to meet the needs of your school. Our preference is to help an individual at the school present, which tends to be more powerful than bringing in external experts.

      That can certainly include an introduction to the HUB, our blended learning platform.

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