Ongoing conversations about digital citizenship guide and empower children on how to make thoughtful and reflective decisions when using technology. The tabs below provide questions and information to help facilitate these at-home conversations.
Safety Online and Privacy includes protecting private information, staying safe online, and reporting cyberbullying.
Keeping personal information private
Asking for parent permission before creating accounts
Telling a parent/staff when you are approached by someone online or you come across something that makes you uncomfortable.
Understanding and abiding by COPPA and FERPA guidelines
COPPA - Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under 13 years of age.
FERPA - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal privacy law that gives parents certain protections with regard to their children's education records, such as report cards, transcripts, disciplinary records, contact and family information, and class schedules.
Additional ways to support your children with COPPA and FERPA:
Under 13 children technically are not old enough to have social media accounts such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, SnapChat, TikTok, etc.
Look under the Terms of Service and Privacy Policies of the company to find out more information.
Once they turn 13 have intentional conversations about what it means and determine with your child when they are ready, then create the account together.
Follow your child on whatever account they have signed up for and be transparent of why (to guide and protect).