In today's world, digital technology isn't just a luxury - it is a necessity. From entertainment to school and work, it is almost impossible to exist in modern society without a connection to the online world. With more and more people becoming dependent on the internet for day-to-day activities, it has become vital to learn the proper tenets of digital citizenship.
Paul Pavao, Technology and Integration Coordinator at SCIS, shares his words of wisdom about how we can encourage our students to have healthy interactions with technology and adhere to the responsible use of technology we use every day.
Written by Paul Pavao, Technology and Integration Coordinator at SCIS.
We live in a hyperconnected world - a world that gives us instant access, via the Internet, to media in virtually any language we want, and to communication and collaboration tools in the form of video calls, email, texting, instant messaging, and social media. As powerful and amazing as these tools are, we all need to remember to use them in a way that provides balance with other aspects of our lives (e.g., family, friends, sports, hobbies, etc.) to support our physical and mental health and well-being.
At SCIS, digital citizenship and balanced use of technology go together. Embedded as part of our Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in our Programmes of Inquiry in the PYP, the Advisory Programme in the MYP, and Pastoral Time in the DP, students learn about responsible and appropriate use of technology.
Some examples of this include the Grade 5 Computer License developed by teachers at the Hongqiao Campus that helps students start the year successfully as principled uses of technology and the use of DQ World to support students transitioning from the PYP to the MYP, providing them with 8 Digital Life Skills - Digital Citizen Identity, Screen Time Management, Cyber Bullying Management, Cyber Security Management, Privacy Management, Critical Thinking, Digital Footprints, and Digital Empathy.
For families looking for advice and ideas, Common Sense Media is a great resource for articles, activities, and conversation starters to develop a healthy balance when using technology.
Here are some tips taken from Common Sense to keep in mind, depending on the age of your children.
Ensuring a balance between our digital and non-digital lives can help us all lead healthier, happier lives.
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