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Digital Wellness Support for Families

Jeffco Public Schools shares a common desire with families to help our students be healthy digital learners. When we explore the impacts that our digital lives have on our well-being, we are monitoring our digital wellness.

Monthly communication will be available to support students and families in discussions about topics such media balance (screen time), cyberbullying, media literacy, digital footprints, and more. As those are published, they will be posted below. You can also click on the icons for additional resources.

 

MARCH RESOURCES: 
PRIVACY & SECURITY

Dear Families, 


No doubt you’ve had conversations with your children to warn them about “strangers” or “tricky people”: Don’t talk to strangers, tricky adults that you don’t know might offer you food or gifts, don’t get into a car with strangers, etc. But when was the last time you talked to your children about “strangers” or “tricky people” online? 


The prevalence of internet scams has soared in recent years and while scams can seem difficult to decipher--especially for children--many of the rules we have taught them about avoiding and/or being safe during physical encounters with “strangers” can apply to being safe when encountering “strangers” or scams online. Here are some common sense discussion points to use as conversation starters and reminders:

  • If something seems too good to be true (like free) then it probably is
  • Check the authenticity of a social media account before ordering online
  • Do not click on any links you are not certain about.Never share personal information on social media
  • Do not accept friend or conversation requests from unknown people  
  • Read app reviews and ask a trusted adult before downloading 


It’s easier to protect your children from online scams when you are educated on the types of scams currently floating around the internet. Being “in the know” can certainly help you provide useful information for your child and prevent potential threats. Families can sign up to get FTC scam alerts by email to maintain awareness of new or perceived scams. 


Scammers are becoming more sophisticated in their techniques so they can target anyone at any age. While you can install parental control software onto your child’s phones and computer, no software can replace the guidance you can provide. Be honest about some of the dangers of the internet, as this will prepare children for the digital world and enable them to use it wisely. Encourage them to think critically and do not underestimate them. If they can browse online, they can also understand when you explain scams to them and what can happen if they are not careful.



Additional Family Resources

Common Sense Media Resources

Jeffco’s Tech for Ed Website

Jeffco’s Data Privacy Page

 




Digital Citizenship Resources

September: Digital Footprint and Identity

SEPTEMBER RESOURCES: 
DIGITAL FOOTPRINT AND IDENTITY


As more students in Jeffco receive personalized learning devices through our TechforEd 1:1 device program, we want to ensure that all students and families receive information about digital citizenship and digital wellness.

During the month of  September, many of our fifth and ninth grade classrooms  engaged in digital citizenship learning related to creating and maintaining one’s Digital Footprint & Identity. Our digital footprint, or online presence, has long-lasting implications, and it is important for children and young adults to realize that digital footprints are often public and potentially accessible by anyone. This month, you can help your child(ren) learn how they can contribute to a positive digital reputation, both for themselves and for others, by using these resources:


Monthly Motto

We define who we are.

 

Discussion Question for School and Home

How can I cultivate my digital identity in ways that are responsible and empowering?

 

Digital Footprint & Identify Family Activities

 

Family Tips Sheet

 

Additional Family Engagement Resources

Common Sense Media Resources

Jeffco’s Tech for Ed Website

October: Cyberbullying

OCTOBER RESOURCES:
CYBERBULLYING

Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? Both the overall increased use of social media platforms in our culture and our students' use of the TechForEd 1:1 devices have given us a new perspective on this topic.

During the month of October, many of our fifth and ninth grade classrooms will engage in digital citizenship learning related to Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech.

Unfortunately, many students will encounter mean behavior at some point in their digital lives. Some of these experiences are easily forgotten, while others can have deep, long-lasting effects. For families, the key is staying involved in your children’s' lives – both in the physical and online worlds – so you can step in and offer help if necessary. This month, you can help your child(ren) learn how to avoid the drama and stand up for others by using these resources:

Monthly Motto:

We are kind & courageous.

Discussion Question for School and Home:

How can I connect positively, treat others respectfully, and create a culture of kindness?

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech Family Activities: 

Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2 
Grades 3-5  (Spanish)
Grades 6-8  (Spanish)
Grade 9-12 

Family Tips Sheet

Grades K-12 (Spanish)


Additional Family Engagement Resources

Common Sense Media Resources



November: News & Media Literacy

November RESOURCES:
news & media literacy

The digital age has made it easy for anyone to create content online.  However, it is not always obvious who created something, why they made it, and whether it's credible.  As our students increase use of their 1:1 TechForEd devices for research and exploration of topics, Media Literacy becomes a critical skill. 


During the month of November, many of our fifth and ninth grade classrooms will engage in digital citizenship learning related to Media Literacy.  Media Literacy addresses important concepts such as bias, opinion, author’s purpose, and critical thinking.  It also includes asking specific questions and backing up your opinions with facts.  


At home you can support your students in understanding Media Literacy in a variety of ways.  With young kids, you can discuss things they are familiar with such as commercials, food wrappers, and toy packages.  With older kids, you can talk about YouTube videos, ads, and news outlets. With each, ask questions like “who made this,” “what do they want you to believe or do,” and “why would they want that” to help them continue to process the concepts of bias, opinion, and author’s purpose.


Monthly Motto:

We are critical thinkers and creators.


Discussion question:

How can I be a critical consumer and creator of news and media?


News & Media Literacy Family Activities:
Kindergarten  English 
Grade 1  English
Grade 2  English
Grades 3-5  English Spanish
Grades 6-8  English Spanish
Grade 9-12  English 

 

Family Tip Sheets:
English  Spanish

Additional Family Engagement Resources:

Common Sense Media Resources

Jeffco’s Tech for Ed Website

December: Privacy & Security

December RESOURCES:
privacy & Security

Sharing information about yourself can be a natural and healthy activity as it leads to positive connections and personal growth. However, oversharing can present real safety risks. As our students with 1:1 TechforEd devices utilize more online platforms to build content mastery, their need for understanding privacy and the impact of sharing information online increases. 

During the month of December, our fifth and ninth grade classrooms will engage in digital citizenship learning related to Privacy & Security. These lessons will introduce students to the concept of online privacy and the potential implications of sharing private information with friends, the public, app providers, and more.  

At home you can support your students in understanding Privacy & Security in a variety of ways. With young children, you can compare online with real-life scenarios where private information should not be shared (like interacting with a stranger in a store). With older children, you can talk about encountering clickbait, setting up strong passwords, and messaging with people online. Remember you are the authority; and we encourage you to make rules around device use in your homes.


Monthly Motto

We care about everyone’s privacy.

Discussion Question

How can I keep my personal data safe and secure?


Privacy & Security Family Activities

Kindergarten  English 
Grade 1  English
Grade 2  English
Grades 3-5  English Spanish
Grades 6-8  English Spanish
Grade 9-12  English

Family Tip Sheets

Help Boost Kids’ Safety, Privacy, and Security

English  Spanish

Additional Family Engagement Resources

Common Sense Media Resources

Digital Wellness for Families

January: Media Balance & Well-Being

january RESOURCES: 
media balance &
well-being

In a world filled with digital media and technology, we all have constant access to real-time information. However, too much media consumption can create unhealthy physical and emotional habits. With the TechforEd initiative, we want to be aware of passive consumption versus active creation with our devices, and we strive to support students in developing healthy habits and a good sense of Media Balance.  


During the month of January, our fifth and ninth grade classrooms will engage in digital citizenship learning related to Media Balance & Well-Being. These lessons focus on agency, not addiction, and quality time (creation vs. consumption), not simply total screen time. This means encouraging students to reflect on their own media habits and to develop individual plans for healthy media balance.


At home, you can support your students in understanding Media Balance & Well-Being in a variety of ways. With young children, you can have conversations about creating time limits and screen-free zones in your home. With older children, you can talk about different emotional reactions to online media and help them draw conclusions about what "balanced" use means for them.


Monthly Motto

We find balance in our digital lives. 


Discussion Question

How can we help students use media in healthy ways?


Media Balance & Well-Being Family Activities
Kindergarten  English
Grade 1  English
Grade 2  English
Grades 3-5  English Spanish
Grades 6-8  English Spanish
Grade 9-12  English 

 

Family Tips Sheet

Help Kids Balance their Media Lives

English  Spanish


Additional Family Engagement Resources

Common Sense Media Resources

Jeffco’s Tech for Ed Website

FEBRUARY: RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATIONS

Dear Families, 


With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, relationships are in the spotlight everywhere you turn. In the TechForEd program, we’re looking at relationships, too, specifically how they play out online. 


During the month of February, our fifth and ninth grade classrooms will engage in digital citizenship learning related to Relationships and Communication. Through this unit, we will explore how to build positive relationships, avoid risky online talk, and understand why some topics and conversations are not suited for digital platforms. Students will also gain an understanding of how to communicate effectively online, including on social media platforms, by using both intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.


At home, you can support your students in understanding digital Relationships and Communication in a variety of ways. Not every child is ready to use social media. If your child is asking to be, have a conversation with them about the responsibility needed and what online relationships and communication should and should not look like.  If your child already uses social media, ask them how they are making real, positive connections. Try sharing your own experiences to open up the conversation. 


Monthly Motto: We know the power of words and actions. 


Discussion Question for School and Home: 

How can I digitally communicate effectively and positively to build relationships? 


Relationships and Communication Family Activities: 


Family Tips Sheet

Help kids build positive relationships and boundaries

English  Spanish  More Languages


Additional Family Engagement Resources

Common Sense Media Resources

Jeffco’s Tech for Ed Website   


“Active mentorship is crucial for kids in the digital age. We want to teach kids to do the right thing, not "catch" them doing the wrong thing.” ~ Devorah Heitner, PhD


MARCH: PRIVACY & SECURITY

Dear Families, 


No doubt you’ve had conversations with your children to warn them about “strangers” or “tricky people”: Don’t talk to strangers, tricky adults that you don’t know might offer you food or gifts, don’t get into a car with strangers, etc. But when was the last time you talked to your children about “strangers” or “tricky people” online? 


The prevalence of internet scams has soared in recent years and while scams can seem difficult to decipher--especially for children--many of the rules we have taught them about avoiding and/or being safe during physical encounters with “strangers” can apply to being safe when encountering “strangers” or scams online. Here are some common sense discussion points to use as conversation starters and reminders:

  • If something seems too good to be true (like free) then it probably is
  • Check the authenticity of a social media account before ordering online
  • Do not click on any links you are not certain about.Never share personal information on social media
  • Do not accept friend or conversation requests from unknown people  
  • Read app reviews and ask a trusted adult before downloading 

It’s easier to protect your children from online scams when you are educated on the types of scams currently floating around the internet. Being “in the know” can certainly help you provide useful information for your child and prevent potential threats. Families can sign up to get FTC scam alerts by email to maintain awareness of new or perceived scams. 


Scammers are becoming more sophisticated in their techniques so they can target anyone at any age. While you can install parental control software onto your child’s phones and computer, no software can replace the guidance you can provide. Be honest about some of the dangers of the internet, as this will prepare children for the digital world and enable them to use it wisely. Encourage them to think critically and do not underestimate them. If they can browse online, they can also understand when you explain scams to them and what can happen if they are not careful.



Additional Family Resources

Common Sense Media Resources

Jeffco’s Tech for Ed Website

Jeffco’s Data Privacy Page


 

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