DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP & ONLINE SAFETY
Internet connected technologies such as social media, mobile devices, and even the "Internet of Things" provide enormous value and convenience to our daily routines. They also may present some challenges and concerns. Inappropriate content, data privacy, and whom we communicate with online are topics students need to be aware of. At the same time, the discussion presents a great opportunity for us to talk with students about how to make positive connections & contributions online, and to evaluate online sources for legitimacy and accuracy.
Allentown Central Catholic makes every effort to ensure a safe computing environment for our students. As mandated by the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), web content filtering is provided on all student computers and iPads. However, sheltering students from inappropriate Internet sites is not the complete solution. The most effective filter is knowledge and parental involvement.
Below you will find some of the best online resources for students to learn good digital citizenship & internet safety practices, and for parents to recognize how they can play a role in their child's safety & success online.
Common Sense Media is a free digital citizenship program that includes comprehensive learning resources for students, teachers, and family members. The site addresses real challenges for students to help schools navigate cyberbullying, internet safety, and other digital dilemmas. Specifically, the Connecting Families program offers media-rich resources in English and Spanish to engage and educate families about their kids' digital lives.
Keep up on the latest trends and concerns around social media and their implications for online safety and privacy.
This website has some particularly valuable resources in the area of theft, fraud, & cybercrime, and on securing key accounts and devices.
Wired Safety provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. They help victims of cyberabuse ranging from online fraud, cyberstalking and child safety, to hacking and malware attacks.