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Digital Citizenship

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Online spaces provide people with positive opportunities to assume new roles, obtain needed support, learn new skills, and collaborate with others. At the same time, opportunities to participate in harmful or counterproductive ways abound online, such as through hate speech, griefing, trolling, cyberbullying, and other forms of misconduct that can harm both individuals and whole communities.

We are committed to preparing our students for success through the development of 21st century competencies. We believe all students and staff should have equitable access to learning opportunities and environments that are engaging, authentic, relevant, and connected to local and global issues. We support this learning through the ethical, competent, and responsible use of digital tools, applications and platforms.

We ask all our students and staff to be respectful when connected. THINK FIRST

Digital Safety - THINK FIRST

Digital Safety – THINK FIRST


  • I keep my passwords complex, private and secure
  • I don’t share personal information about myself or others
  • I represent myself positively online because it lasts forever


  • I use digital tools to learn and show my learning
  • I don’t use my device as a distraction from learning
  • I follow teacher instructions and advocate for my learning needs


  • I ask permission and give credit when using others’ work
  • I ask permission before taking photos/videos of others
  • I communicate with respect and empathy and stand up to cyberbullying


  • I have a charged device when I need it
  • I keep the case/cover on when not in use
  • I treat my device with respect
Updated on Friday, November 01, 2019.
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