Fostering digital citizenship

As a community, we do our best to help our children get the most out of the Internet while guiding them through the online world’s risks and downsides. As children mature, our role shifts to helping them learn to think critically, making responsible choices when learning, creating, and participating online.

Our Key Understandings for Responsible & Safe Internet Use:

•      Think critically and evaluate online sources.

•      Protect themselves from online threats, including bullies and scams.

•      Get smart about sharing: what, when, and with whom.

•      Be kind and respectful toward other people and their privacy.

•      Ask for help from a parent or other adult with tricky situations.

•      Find balance between their digital and real lives.

A healthy media diet balances three things: what kids do, how much time they spend doing it, and whether their content choices are age-appropriate. Mixing media and tech time with other activities will help families find that happy medium. Consider completing a Family Media Agreement and Device Contract to set realistic rules that make sense for your family so you and your kids can make the most out of media and tech time.

Visit Commonsense Media to stay up to date on all topics related to digital citizenship and your child’s digital journey.

As a community, sharing and supporting these key understandings are essential to achieving our goal of ensuring that all of our students at the International School of Panama are learning, exploring, and staying safe online.