Digital Citizenship and Literacy

Digital Citizenship and Literacy

Whether we call it digital citizenship, wellness, literacy or health, the concept is still the same; how should we act online and how can we stay safe. This topic is gaining momentum and how we as educators, parents and community leaders can help guide our students in this area.

Research shows:

  • Kids are spending roughly 7 ½ hours a day in media use. This does not include texting or talking on phone.

  • Parents report the average age they get their child a cell phone is 9 to 10.

  • 72 hours of video uploaded onto YouTube every minute.

  • 3417 texts a month. (average teen)

  • Out of 20 million minors who actively use Facebook, 5 million are under the age of 10.

  • Social networking is the most popular activity for 8 – 18 year olds.

  • 68% of teens agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem with today’s youth.

  • One in five teens have engaged in sexting – sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude photos through text message or email – and over a third know of a friend who has sent or received these kinds of messages. See more at:

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