Community and faith-based organizations play a critical role in empowering communities and youth to become responsible, ethical and resilient digital citizens.
You can accomplish this by using the programs and resources we have customized for community organizations and volunteers. Resilient digital citizens recognize and seek out the 3Cs—appropriate contact, content, and conduct—in all digital settings (e.g., iPods,instant messaging, chat, computer games, game consoles, cell phones, text messaging, webcams):
Teach kids how to have healthy and appropriate relationships online and explain your expectations for whom they communicate with online. Help them to recognize and protect themselves from cyberbullies, hackers, phishers, and predators. Explain to them that we never really know who is on the other end of a communication.
Communicate clearly your expectations for acceptable content. Is it healthy, responsible, ethical? This includes content that is both viewed and uploaded by kids. Help them understand that the Internet is forever: Everything they post online can be tracked and stored and will follow them to future job interviews and college entrance interviews.
Teach kids appropriate online behavior. Help them understand that everything they do online contributes to their online reputation. Because the web can feel anonymous, some youth become uninhibited online. Help them be the good person online that they are offline.