As the back-to-school season is among us, we wanted to take a moment to share our three tips for being a good digital citizen. Please leave a comment below to share additional tips you may have.
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Pretty clever, right? We thought so too. Consider this the “new golden rule” in an increasingly digital age. Whether it’s in-person or online, everyone likes to be treated with respect. The problem is that it’s a lot easier to say something mean or hurtful online, behind the security of a screen. Just look at Logan Fairbanks and Em Ford, two recent examples gone viral that show us how some people have no filter. It’s almost too easy to post something negative. Try challenging yourself to always be positive and encouraging when commenting online. It may be tough, but it will be rewarding!
Beware of WMDs (Websites of Mass Distraction)
Okay, so you might have to ask your parents about actual WMDs, but that’s another story. Another important component to being a good digital citizen is spending your time productively and limiting screen time on distracting (but oh so addicting) websites that can be time sinks. Think Minecraft and Omegle. A recent BBC study revealed that too much screen time can disrupt sleep and memory, which in turn has a negative impact on academic achievement. Try to set daily limits for yourself. Invite your friends and family to do the same so that you’re in it together.
All work and some play makes Jill a smart girl
Again, you’ll have to ask your parents about this one! We believe that one of the keys to life – whether online or in-person – is striking the right balance. Kids are busier than ever today with the growing number of extracurricular activities available to them. After a long day of classes at school, followed by homework, a sporting event, dance recital, or community service, you should know it’s totally okay to reward yourself. Maybe that means watching the latest YouTube craze, chatting with your friends, or even game night with the fam (come on, give it a chance!). Whatever you choose to do, remember the tips above – be kind and set limits on your screen time.
These three guidelines will have you well on your way to being a good digital citizen. Feel free to bookmark this page and come back to it periodically as we will be adding more tips in the coming weeks.