We live in rapidly changing times, with online opportunities and risks for all users, especially young people.

A variety of powerful technologies means information is readily communicated, acquired, shared, modified, and posted.

Schools must help, guide, and empower students to leverage digital opportunities while mitigating inherent risks in becoming digital citizens.

K-5 Topics and Elementary Implementation

K-5 Modules

Grade level modules containing videos and activities to teach internet safety and digital citizenship.

K-12 Topics and Secondary Implementation

Safety and Responsibility

Protect yourself, your privacy, and your devices by being aware of the ways you connect with the large scope of the internet and its users.

HCPS Expectations & Code of Conduct

Sure, you’ve signed the HCPS code of conduct, but do you follow the guidelines? Why are they in place and what do they mean?

By filtering internet content, Henrico County Public Schools provides a safe environment for you to participate in online experiences. Yet filtering is only one piece of staying safe online. Behaving appropriately and taking responsibility for your personal safety are paramount.  

Identity Protection & Privacy

Is your login password identical for various websites? In what ways can this practice put you at risk?

Identity protection is about being smart about what information you provide on the internet, as anyone can access the personal information that you post online.  It is important to create unique passwords that are updated frequently to prevent hackers from gaining access.  

Device Care & Security

Has a friend ever dropped a computer and cracked the screen? Do you know people who acquired computer viruses that cause problems with their machines?

Computers and other devices should be handled with care and caution should be used when clicking unsolicited email hyperlinks or downloading files.

Relationships and Communication

Our digital relationships are more important than ever. Digital citizenship defines how to safely and responsibly interact with others in a virtual environment, to build positive relationships and communicate effectively.

Netiquette

What kind of tone is conveyed through a message written in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS?

Netiquette (Internet Etiquette) encompasses good behavior, wise choices, treating others as you want to be treated, and thinking before you post.

Cyberbullying

Have you ever sent or received electronic messages that are intentionally hurtful?

Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to harass, intimidate, and/or humiliate a person.

Social Media

What are you putting out to the world through your social media presence? Are the things you’re posting through social media today going to be a help or hindrance to you in the future?

Social Media describes web services like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other computer-mediated tools that allow you to create, share and exchange information, ideas, pictures, and videos.  

Mobile Devices

What are the advantages and disadvantages to always being connected?

Mobile devices give users communication capability, computing power,  and continuous access to the Internet.

Digital Identity

Your digital-identity deals with who you are online and how your actions can affect your future.

Digital Footprint

Did you know that digital information about you is collected after each time you click a link, complete a survey, purchase an item, or upload a photo? What trail of digital information have you left behind?

Your digital footprint is the personal information you leave behind when you use the internet.  Some of this information is purposely left behind when you share it on a website or through social media, while other information is collected without you knowing. Your digital footprint follows you and accumulates throughout your lifetime.

Reputation

Before you leave comments on photos, videos, or through social media, do you ever consider how those comments may sound to other people and may shape your reputation?

Your reputation is the opinion others have about you, based on your online behavior(s). The actions you take online can positively or negatively affect your reputation.  

Self-Image

If you Google yourself, do the search results reflect the way you see yourself?

Your self-image is what you think about yourself. How you represent yourself online should reflect the way you view yourself.

Information Literacy

In order to be fluent in a complex digital world, you will need to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use information and ensure credit is given to the appropriate source.

Utilizing & Evaluating Web Resources

How do you find and verify quality sources online?

When conducting online research, you should be able to determine appropriate, reliable, and relevant content for the information you are seeking.

Creative Credit & Copyright

What harm is there in just using any picture that I want?

People who create and then upload their images, music, and narratives legally own those products. It is important and appropriate to give credit where and when credit is due.  

Plagiarism

Why can’t I just copy and paste content from the internet?

The process of taking someone else’s ideas and words and passing them off as your own is a type of theft. The creator of the originally published ideas owns the intellectual property.