Growing Up Digital
“We must provide our schools, teachers and students cutting-edge learning tools. And we must protect our children’s privacy. We can and must accomplish both goals...”

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
February 24, 2014
Our Digital World
Our students live in a digitally-enhanced world both in their learning spaces and their social spaces. Kids today have only known a world in which 24/7 access to people, ideas, and information is possible with digital technologies. As parents and educators, our role is to help our students stay safe and behave responsibly in this digital world. Guiding students to understand the best ways to engage with others and ideas in a safe and ethical way is critical.

In Baltimore County Public Schools, we value the rich learning and communication experiences that technology brings to our students, classrooms, and family lives. We believe that our students must be taught to make good choices as they interact in these spaces for learning and for fun. We believe that with parents and guardians as our partners, we can help our students to gain skills, understanding, and dispositions that will enable them to be responsible and safe in these digital environments.

Support For Parents
BCPS has partnered with Common Sense Media to provide instructional resources for students, tip sheets for families and caregivers, and video content to help keep our students safe. We encourage all stakeholders to model positive digital behavior by setting a good example. Parents can consider the following suggestions for their homes:
  • Keep the computer in visible area of the home.
  • Establish limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long. Activate parental controls provided by service providers
  • Create and sustain a family media agreement.
  • Monitor mobile devices such as cell phones, gaming devices, and laptops.
  • Surf the Internet with your children and discuss safe sites.
  • Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and webcams.
  • Keep the lines of communication open and the dialogue ongoing about online safety.
Ms White introduces “Growing Up Digital”
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