When discussing internet safety, focus on important themes such as identity protection, going to safe places on the internet, and not engaging in any kinds of phishing emails, scams and strange or unknown content. Remind them that they should not be meeting with or accepting gifts from people they meet online, unless you know them.
Digital citizenship should focus on themes of positivity, kindness, taking down negative posts, and avoiding social drama (cyberbullying, gossiping, fake posts, etc.). Appropriate use refers to what the internet and technology is being used for and how it is being used.
Establish time limits for social use. Set up digital protection software to monitor and prevent inappropriate use as much as possible. Learn how to block sites, search terms and install passwords. Discuss online grooming and what that means.
When in an e-learning environment, talk to them about chatting or being off-topic/task and help them understand that this is just as distracting for their classmates as talking in class would be. Encourage them to take screen breaks, get up and walk around if they can, and remind them that they need to rest from the screen to avoid screen fatigue.
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