Edgewood Independent School District

Digital Citizenship Week 1 Talking Points

Talking Points for Digital Citizenship Week 1
Posted on 10/19/2021
Digital Citizenship Week 1

Please enjoy these Digital Citizenship talking points for Week 1 of our Digital Citizenship journey with your students.  Your student's Digital Citizenship lesson could be any day this week.  Edgewood ISD wants to share these talking points with you to help students and their families talk meaningfully about their digital lives.

Commonsensemedia.org is a great resource for families to gain more information about media and technology in your students life.


Talk About How Your Child Feels When Using Technology

Your child is learning to pay attention to their feelings while using devices, such as tablets, phones, or computers. Use these questions to talk with them about the different ways technology makes them feel and what to do if they feel uncomfortable or frustrated. 

Ask these three questions:

  1. I hear you talked in school about the kinds of feelings you might have when using technology. Do you ever feel sad or mad when you use your devices?
  2. What are some things you do that make you happy when using technology?
  3. Can you tell me about the Pause, Think, and Ask routine you learned in school?

Listen for:

  • Pause: When you have a feeling, stop and take a moment to notice it.
  • Think: Notice your feelings and think about what to do next.
  • Ask: Listen to all your feelings. If you're feeling uncomfortable or frustrated, get help from a grown-up





Talk About How Your Child's Behavior Online Affects Themselves and Others

Your child is learning how their behavior online can affect themselves and others. Use these questions to talk with them about what it means to be their best selves online.

Ask these three questions:

  1. I hear you learned about the Rings of Responsibility in school. Can you tell me about them?

Listen for: 

  • Self: Responsibilities you have to yourself, such as keeping yourself safe and healthy.
  • Community: Responsibilities you have to your community. This includes the people you know well, like friends and family, and people you might not know as well, like a clerk in a grocery store.
  • World: Responsibilities to the larger world, including people you don't know but who might be affected by your actions.
  1. What are some things we value in our family? Are there any similarities to the Rings of Responsibility?
  2. How could you use the Rings of Responsibility to help you think through the choices you make when you're online?





Talk About How Your Child Can Avoid the Negative Effects of Oversharing 

Your child is learning how social media can affect how they feel and behave online. Use these questions to talk with them about how the pressure to share on social media can affect them. 

Ask these three questions:

  1. I hear you were talking about oversharing on social media in class. Have you seen people share personal feelings or other things on social media that they probably regretted later? How did it make you feel to see that?
  • If your child is reluctant to talk, share your own example of someone—maybe even yourself—who has overshared. Talk about how that experience made you feel.
  1. Why do you think people overshare?

Listen for (or suggest if needed):

  • Didn't think about who could see the post.
  • Pressure to make your life seem cool/exciting.
  • To get attention.
  • To express yourself and share emotions.
  1. How do you think people can avoid the negative effects of oversharing?
    Listen for (or suggest if needed):
  • Think about when and why you're posting something before you share it.
  • Talk to your friends (and family!) about your boundaries for tagging or posting about each other.
  • Use your device settings to limit how much time you spend on social media.



Talk About How Your Teen Can Use Social Media Authentically

Your teen is learning about the benefits and drawbacks of how people present themselves on social media. Use these questions to talk with your teen about how they present themselves online and why they make the choices they do when they share.

Ask these three questions:

  1. I hear you were talking in class about how people sometimes present a limited or different version of themselves on social media. Do you think the "you" that people see online is the real you? Or are there multiple "yous" online? Why, or why not? 
  2. What are some benefits of creating a version of yourself online? How about drawbacks?
    Listen for (or suggest):
  • A chance for self-expression and sharing interests or talents.
  • Focusing on only the happiest moments from people's lives.
  • Seeing unrealistic beauty standards from photo editing and filters.
  • Overthinking what you post causes anxiety or stress.
  • Old posts being seen by employers or colleges.
  1. What are some strategies for creating an online presence that feels most authentic to you?
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