Cyber Safety & Digital Citizenship
Cyber Safety is one of our primary concerns at Austin ISD. We believe that all students should have access to the same technology resources. Having that access, students need to understand how to be good digital citizens and use resources to enhance learning.
Because the safety of our students comes first, the Austin ISD Technology Department is not only training all staff on Cyber Safety Awareness and Response, but students will also receive a lesson on this topic. The lesson will address important topics such as cyberbullying and online predators. Families can also be proactive by talking about this with their students.
The term digital citizenship implies that, just as we are expected to be good citizens in the real world, we need to adhere to certain, unwritten rules online. We need to recognize right from wrong and treat others with respect. For our children, for example, that means that they have to be able to recognize a legitimate online source for a research project.
More on Cyber Safety
Cyber safety is the safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies, and it is one of our main areas of focus as we integrate technology in Austin ISD classrooms. 'Cyber safety' or 'Internet safety' are umbrella terms that cover things such as not talking to strangers on the internet, not opening emails from unknown people, and not sharing personal information. Submitting any personal information online can leave users open to an invasion of privacy.
With the explosion of social media, communication rules have changed. Cyberbullying, or online bullying, has replaced much of traditional bullying. It is important that our students understand how to behave appropriately online, what type of information to share, and how to keep themselves and others safe online. Staff are trained to be aware of and respond to any suspicious behavior that might be an indication on bullying.
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are just a few applications students frequently use. Within the AISD network, student access to these services are blocked, though teachers and staff have full access to all social media. Many schools and central office departments use Twitter to communicate with the general public. AISD is evaluating how social media platforms might be used as instructional tools.