You’re an educator, so you know better than most that technology is changing the way your students explore, interact, and learn. You also know that today, teaching students to be safe and responsible with technology is just as important as teaching the 3 R’s.
You’re on the front line of a subject nobody taught you to teach. But you don’t need to be an expert on social media, online games, and texting to have The Talk with your students. Instead of the birds and the bees, this version of The Talk is about how to be safe, responsible, and respectful online.
Here are 5 easy steps for having The Talk:
- Prepare yourself: Read up on issues like cyberbullying, digital footprints, online relationships, and more to better understand what your students are experiencing every day.
- Cover the basics: Take a class period (or more!) to have your students engage in our educational apps/sites and student-directed experiences:
- Dive deeper: Scaffold students’ learning by having The Talk throughout all grade levels -- it’s never too early to start! Use our straightforward lessons:
- Engage families: Distribute our The Talk one-pager (in English or Spanish) to families so that they can reinforce learning at home.
- Encourage others: Share what you did with your students on Facebook or Twitter to encourage other educators to get involved. Use the hashtags #HaveTheTalk #DigCit to spread your impact!
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For more ways to talk about digital citizenship with your students and their families, check out these additional resources: