Discussing positive online behavior with children is important. Sharing your expectations and online safety best practices are critical for their well-being and protection, especially when they begin to independently use the internet or have their first cell phone.
I recently put together a new digital citizenship pledge for a local organization that is a good tool for parents or schools — a conversation starter and reminder of points to address.
Digital Citizen Pledge
I, ______________________________, understand the expectations of my online actions and promise to:
- Only connect with people I know in real life.
- Communicate kindly.
- Respect different opinions and feelings.
- Keep personal information private.
- Only post or share appropriate photos.
- Not share my login information.
- Inform an adult of content that is threatening or mean.
- Choose suitable online profile names.
- Use respectful language.
- Avoid conversations that are unkind or disrespectful.
- Be an upstander and stand up to cyberbullying.
- Notify an adult if I feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
- Check with my parents before installing software or apps.
Signature and Date
It’s important to discuss the pledge and expectations, fostering an open conversation and opportunity to ask questions, as well as discussing possible ramifications for breaking the pledge.