Monthly Digital Citizenship

Digital Wellness in March: Privacy & Security
This is the image for the news article titled Digital Wellness in March: Privacy & SecurityJeffco Public Schools shares a common desire with families to help our students be healthy digital learners.

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. 



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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