Digital Citizenship Letter to Parents

January 13, 2016 2:19 PM

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Mid-Pacific's one-to-one education initiative utilizing Apple's iPad is in the middle of its fourth year. As technology evolves on our campus so, too, must the way we address character education and digital citizenship, the combination of knowledge, values and decision-making that your child must develop to successfully navigate the world of online resources. It is in this spirit that I hope to emphasize the partnership between you, our parents/guardians, and the school to help ensure our children grow up in a safe environment.

So what is your role in this partnership? For starters, please assist your child with data management on their iPad. Make sure the home wireless network or any wireless network used is filtered. Know all usernames and passwords to all school and personal accounts. Most importantly, monitor - check their iPad and all accounts to help your child use technology appropriately, and don't be afraid to look at their smartphones or any other device that has a cellular data plan that can bypass filters.

Once Mid-Pacific decided to begin its one-to-one program, we began offering iParent sessions to help keep parents informed of trending social media topics and uses of technology. Due to the constant development of the Internet and technology, we will continue to offer iParent sessions once a quarter, and the content of these sessions will continue to change as trends change. We will also offer hands-on sessions about myPueo to help parents/guardians navigate our site.

We invite you to come to an upcoming iParent session to learn more about these topics and to engage in a group discussion about how to keep your child focused on their schoolwork and safe in their digital world. Also feel free to sign up for our myPueo sessions to better understand how Mid-Pacific disseminates information, where assignments are posted, and how to access your child's grades.

Our 3rd quarter dates are as follows (see myPueo for more information and signups):

  • myPueo training - Thursday, January 21st, 5:30 - 6:30pm in Hartley Classrooms
  • iParent presentation - Thursday, January 28th, 5:30 - 6:30pm in Wood Hall

Recent conversations with a wide cross-section of our Mid-Pacific community indicate piracy of digital content and copyright issues as a "hot topic" on campus. An important factor to consider is that there is a difference between consumption and creation of content. At school we encourage our students to become creators of content. When a student consumes content, it's important to understand that accessing sites like Bit Torrent or accepting paid content without paying--even casually from a friend--constitutes stealing.

As the famous African proverb states, "It takes a village to raise a child." The success of our one-to-one program lies with a common understanding of digital citizenship and the partnership between home and school. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you at a session or around campus.

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Brian Grantham
Director of Education Technology