Elementary School Digital Citizenship Agreement
The Anglo-American School of Moscow believes the AAS community (students, teachers, and parents) should demonstrate the attitudes and behaviors of a Digital Citizen, and be internationally minded, both in our online lives and our face-to-face lives.
As a member of the AAS Community, I will honor our Digital Citizenship Agreement both in and outside of school by:
Respecting Myself & Protecting Myself
- being principled and not doing anything illegal or harmful in my online and face-to-face life;
- being knowledgeable and safe with people online--I should only communicate with people I know;
- being open-minded and making new friendships online while understanding the difference between real life and online friends--I should only invite people I know in real life to be my friends online;
- being balanced by keeping my personal information private--I should only share information online that is appropriate (no personal details, contact details, or schedule of my activities);
- being a safe risk-taker and using privacy settings so only the people I know can see me online and know my name/personal information, and protecting my passwords, accounts, devices (like phone, tablet, and computer);
- being reflective and taking care of my “digital footprint” (how I represent myself online, what content I create and share, who I friend, who can subscribe or follow/share the content I create)--I should be proud to show anything I post to my parents and teachers;
- being a thinker and reviewing and respecting website terms of service of agreements and age restrictions;
- being an inquirer and questioning any suspicious or unwanted emails (spam), pop-ups, advertising so I can avoid malware and viruses--I should not open or reply to emails, links or sites from people I do not know;
- being caring and reporting to a parent or teacher any bullying, harassment or inappropriate behavior directed at me or others--I should report any experiences which make me feel uncomfortable or unhappy;
- being a communicator and talking about my online life with my parents and teachers--both the good and bad experiences--I should not keep my online life secret from my parents or teachers.
Respecting Others & Protecting Others
- being principled and helping my friends and classmates to treat people respectfully and honestly in our online and face-to-face lives--I should set a good example for others and encourage them to do the right thing;
- being open-minded by thinking about how my online (and face-to-face) actions might have a positive or negative effect on my friends, classmates, and others I interact with both online and in real life;
- being caring and not harassing, attacking or flaming other people (posting or sending hurtful or inflammatory messages), or forwarding messages about other people that are unkind, mean, bullying, or inappropriate;
- being a communicator and reporting instances of harassment and bullying I encounter my online and face-to-face life to a teacher or parent--I should take action to stop cyber-bullying!
- being knowledgeable and avoiding websites that are inappropriate (pornographic, violent, racist, bigoted or unkind, or promote illegal activities), and telling a teacher or parent if I visit these sites by accident;
- being a thinker by showing respect for others’ privacy (not trying to get into others’ online spaces without invitation, by not stalking them or copying or sharing their pictures/videos without their permission).
Respecting Property & Protecting Property
- being caring by handling technology devices (at school and at home) carefully and responsibly, making sure others are also careful and responsible with devices, and reporting any damage to a parent or teacher;
- being principled by only using technology devices when I have permission from parent or teacher (or I know it’s alright to use them), and not using others’ devices without permission;
- being principled by not illegally downloading or sharing my own or other people’s music, videos, games, software--this is piracy, and piracy = stealing! (If I have a question if it’s illegal, I will ask a teacher or parent.);
- being knowledgeable by checking the information I use from online sources is correct and accurate, and by citing sources for the information and media (pictures, videos, music, etc.) created by others that I use;
- being caring by looking after other people’s websites, acting appropriately when I visit them, not making any changes or vandalizing them, and reporting inappropriate behavior of others to a parent or teacher.
I will follow the AAS Mission & Learner Profile when using ICT tools at school and at home.
I understand that I will be held responsible for my actions. Disciplinary consequences from my school’s Family & Student handbooks will be used to help me learn from my mistakes and avoid making bad decisions in the future.
Digital Citizenship applies to me in and out of school, to my own and school devices.
Note: The Anglo-American School of Moscow monitors use of technology, including school resources and Internet.
Adapted from the Singapore American School Digital Citizen Agreement and licensed by The Anglo-American School of Moscow under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic License.