We’re All in This Together: Families and Educators as Digital Citizenship Allies

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Location: Room 260-2
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Dr. LeeAnn Lindsey  
Dr. Kristen Mattson  

In this session, we’ll share a unique approach to family engagement around technology use ... one that doesn’t scare parents away from technology, but rather engages them as digital citizenship ALLIES. Please join us to explore tools and strategies to host a positive digcit family event that invites parent and student collaboration.

Audience: Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: A browser with Internet access on any device will allow for full participation in this session.
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.
For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will:
* Communicate the significance of parent partnership in empowering students as positive digital citizens

* Identify the issues that most concern parents regarding their child’s technology use according to research by the National PTA

* Explore strategies that invite students and parents to share stories and perspectives about digital life

* Examine resources for hosting a digital citizenship family event


(2 minutes): Introduction
Facilitators introduce themselves and provide an overview of the session

(5 minutes): Warm Up Activity
Facilitators lead interactive activity, modeling one strategy for engaging families in digital citizenship conversations

(15 minutes): Presentation
Facilitators briefly share research recently conducted by the National PTA regarding parents’ concerns about their children using technology. Then, they introduce the concept of “families as allies” and the three roles schools/educators can play to foster digital citizenship partnerships with parents.

(15 minutes): Interactive Activity and Tool Exploration
Participants work their way through “stations” to explore additional strategies and tools to use with families. One tool will be the new and improved (FREE) SmartTalk tool hosted by the National PTA.

(15 minutes): Presentation - A Unique Family Event Concept
Facilitators discuss how to design a digital citizenship family event that values family diversity, invites students and parents to share perspectives, and fosters the development of household family technology agreements. A handout with a sample agenda will be shared.

(5 minutes): Group Discussion - Applying these strategies
Participants interact and discuss the application of the tools and concepts from this session at their school or district.

(3 minutes): Closing and Questions
Facilitator will guide participants to synthesize their learning and commit to next steps in engaging families as digital citizenship allies.

Supporting research

Beckman, C. M., & Mazmanian, M. (2020). Dreams of the Overworked: Living, Working, and Parenting in the Digital Age. Stanford University Press.

Clark, L. S. (2012). The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age. Oxford University Press.

Common Sense Media (2020). Tweens, Teens, Tech, and Mental Health: Coming of Age in an Increasingly Digital, Uncertain, and Unequal World.

Cullata, Richard. (2021). Digital for Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World.

Dig Cit Commit.

Evans, J. A. (2019). Digital Learning: Peril or Promise for Our K-12 Students. National Briefing Paper : Speak Up 2018/19 . Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse.

Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI).

Pell, Beverly. Smart Digital Kids.

Sarachan, J. (2011). Limiting Screen Time Is Not the Key to Parenting in the Digital Age. International Journal of Learning and Media, 3(4), 1–5.

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Dr. LeeAnn Lindsey, Edvolve
ISTE Certified Educator

Dr. LeeAnn Lindsey is an award-winning educator, ed tech specialist, and digital citizenship junkie. Her mission is to change the way digital citizenship education is taught so that all students feel empowered to live and learn in our ever-increasingly digital world. LeeAnn was a contributing team member to the ISTE Standards for Students (2016) and Educators (2017) which prioritize “the new digital citizenship.” She also considers herself a taco aficionado.

Dr. Kristen Mattson, Edvolve; University of Illinois

Dr. Kristen Mattson and Dr. LeeAnn Lindsey are award-winning educators with a combined 40-something years in the field. As partners, they share a common mission to help educators create learning opportunities that empower students as healthy and responsible digital decision makers who value community in both digital and non-digital spaces. Kristen is the author of Digital Citizenship in Action (2017) and Ethics in a Digital World (2021). LeeAnn was a contributing team member to the ISTE Standards for Students (2016) and Educators (2017) which emphasize strong digital citizenship.

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