• Digital Citizenship

    District 65 is committed to helping students learn how to safely navigate the digital world. Students and educators will engage in digital citizenship lessons to increase awareness of safe and responsible learning experiences. District-issued technology has several safeguards in place, yet these do not replace education and responsible use.

    Students are to adhere to the District 65 Acceptable Network Use Policy, which every family signs upon entering District 65. Students will adhere and agree to the following:

    Respect Yourself and Respect Others

    • Digital access: Advocating for equal digital rights and access is where digital citizenship starts.
    • Digital etiquette: Rules and policies aren’t enough — we need to teach everyone about appropriate conduct online.
    • Digital law: It’s critical that users understand it’s a crime to steal or damage another’s digital work, identity or property.

    Educate Yourself and Connect with Others

    • Digital communication: With so many communication options available, users need to learn how to make appropriate decisions.
    • Digital literacy: We need to teach students how to learn in a digital society.
    • Digital commerce: As users make more purchases online, they must understand how to be effective consumers in a digital economy.

    Protect Yourself and Protect Others

    • Digital rights and responsibilities: We must inform people of their basic digital rights to privacy, freedom of speech, etc.
    • Digital safety and security: Digital citizens need to know how to protect their information from outside forces that might cause harm.
    • Digital health and wellness: From physical issues, such as repetitive stress syndrome, to psychological issues, such as internet addiction, users should understand the health risks of technology.

    These agreements and guidelines are based on the work of Mike Ribble in Digital Citizenship Defined: Teach the 9 Elements to Enhance Student’s Safety, Creativity, and Empathy published by ISTE.

    District 65-issued Devices
    Students are expected to use their school-issued device on school-related assignments. They are bound by the District 65 Acceptable Use Policy, Student Handbook, and general behavior guidelines, whenever they use their device in or out of school. District 65’s loan of the device to the student does not create any duty on the part of District 65 to provide supervision of the use of the device or protection of the student regarding use of the device off school grounds or outside of school hours. It is the sole responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to supervise the student use of the device when off school grounds or outside of school.

    The district utilizes cloud-based web content filtering from Securly to make sure your student's device is as safe as it can be at home as well as at school. Although no Internet content filtering solution is 100% successful at blocking objectionable content and is never a replacement for parent/guardian supervision over their student use of the Internet – Securly works very well and is widely adopted because of its strong filtering, search keyword and email scanning, anti-bullying, and self-harm detection features. If a student feels a site is mis-categorized and/or blocked by accident, they may submit a request for the site to be reviewed and it will be opened up if appropriate.


    ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education): This site has many great resources including information on student technology standards and digital citizenship. This is also a kid friendly and kid centered video to share the student standards.

    Common Sense Media: This is a great resource for supporting healthy technology use, parental guidance and tools including show and app ratings. District 65 draws on the Common Sense Media students lessons for our digital citizenship work.