Digital Citizenship

Souderton Area School District educates students on instructional technology-related safety concerns.  This knowledge empowers students with strategies to be good digital citizens.

By learning digital citizenship, students gain awareness and understanding of the kinds of behaviors that are acceptable online to help them become smart, responsible and respectful online users. Having digital citizenship as part of the curriculum helps to create a positive school culture that supports safe and responsible technology use.

5 key questions for students to consider when posting content online:

  1. What impression am I giving? If this were someone else’s post, what would you think about it? What impression would you have of the person who posted it?

  2. Do I really want this information out there? When you share something online, you turn over control of it. Even if you delete a photo or post, you can’t guarantee that it hasn’t been copied or downloaded by someone else. Don’t forget how easy it is for other people to copy what you share online, change it, and share it without your knowledge.

  3. Am I oversharing? The more you share, the more people learn about you. You can’t control how someone else uses the information.

  4. Would I want someone to share this fact or idea about me? It is important to consider the impact your post might have on others.

  5. Does it pass the newspaper test? Before you post something online, think: “Would I be happy to see it on the front page of the local newspaper?”

Digital citizenship also includes the expectation that students are responsible while using District technology. As part of Souderton Area School District's SASD Next: 1-to-1 program, each student in grades Kindergarten through 12 receives a device that enables them to participate in a wide range of learning experiences in the classroom. Students are also able to use their device at home. The use of a District device and technology requires students to abide by related board policies (815.1, 815.3 and 236) and demonstrate their digital responsibilities.