Fox Chapel Area School District
611 Field Club Road / Pittsburgh, PA 15238 / 412.963.9600

Digital Citizenship Education

Technology Position Statement on Digital Citizenship & Cyber Safety:

Digital-Citizenship“Kids and teens today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have  extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face potential pitfalls, too. Meanwhile, schools are dealing with the associated ramifications -- like cyberbullying, digital cheating, and safety and security concerns. These issues underscore the need for students to learn -- and for teachers to teach -- digital literacy and citizenship skills” (Commonsense.org, 2012).

The Fox Chapel Area School District will educate minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response (Policy 815).

The District seeks to create awareness and instill practices of responsibility training that includes Choice Theory and Reality Therapy (Glasser, 1998). Focused on cognitive decision-making over behavioral consequences, the curriculum works to promote metacognitive thinking strategies that enable users of electronic media to make ‘good decisions.’ In that, administrators, teachers and staff have a professional responsibility to work together to help students develop the intellectual skills necessary to discriminate among information sources, to identify information appropriate to their age and developmental levels, and to evaluate and use the information to meet their educational goals (Policy 815).

Students and staff have the responsibility to respect and protect the rights of every other user in the district and on the Internet (Policy 815).