This website will provide resources for parents and students on how media is different today. Topics found on this page are designed to help kids to be physically and physiologically safe. Digital Citizenship is also about being responsible in maintaining a reputable digital footprint. Some portions of this transcript has been pulled from Common Sense Media and rewritten for the purpose presentation design.
We live in an age of vast communications where social networks, texting and the use of the internet occupy a large portion of a student's day. Students use technology to communicate with their friends, play games, express themselves, and their thoughts about how they interact personally with the world. Studies have shown that students spend far more time interacting with digital media than they do visiting and communicating at school or with their parents. According to the 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation Report, "The average 8- to 18-year-old spends 7 hours and 38 minutes (7:38) using entertainment media across a typical day (more than 53 hours a week).1
And because they spend so much of that time ‘media multitasking’ (using more than one medium at a time), they actually manage to pack a total of 10 hours and 45 minutes (10:45) worth of media content into those 7½ hours. 2 This generation of students have become digitally immersed and no longer make a distinction between the “real” world and the “virtual” one. The alarming factor about monitoring students use of digital media is that only about three in ten young people say they have rules about how much time they can spend using media devices.