Digital Citizenship

DecorativeFrederick County Public Schools believes that developing responsible and productive digital citizens is a critical life skill and one that we can best accomplish when our school staff and community work together. Digital Citizenship helps students to learn, communicate and collaborate safely and responsibly online. FCPS will be sharing tips monthly to help parents and students navigate the digital world safely and securely.

Watch this episode of FCPS Spotlight to learn more about the Digital Citizenship initiative.

The tips below are courtesy of Common Sense Media. More information can be found on their website.

Media Balance and Well-Being

  • Watch and play together - Choose quality, age-appropriate media to enjoy with your kids. Visit to find shows, games, and more.

  • Create screen-free times and zones - Help kids take breaks from technology by limiting screen time in bedrooms, during study time, or at the dinner table.

  • Try parental controls - Set content limits that make sense for your family. Alongside conversations about healthy media habits, use features such as content filtering, privacy settings, and time limits offered by the apps and platforms your family uses to help manage access and exposure to media. See your service provider for more information.

Relationships and Communication

The tips below, focused on relationships and communication, were developed by FCPS guidance counselors on the Digital Citizenship Task Force.
  • Take time to unplug - As parents, are we aware that our own screen time impacts our families and relationships? How is our time spent with our phones, tablets or computers? Many devices have tracking tools that help us to monitor screen time for our children and our own use. Let’s challenge ourselves to limit our screen time while we are with our children, spouses and loved ones.

  • Face-to-Face conversations are not overrated - Let’s talk about face-to-face time with our children and loved ones! Try eating meals without devices. Face-to-face conversations improve moods and empathy, while encouraging family interactions and information sharing. It can also be lots of fun! Enjoy your children, not your device.

  • Turn screen time into teaching time - When engaged in your own screen time, invite your child to observe how you write texts, emails, or social media posts. We all know it’s hard to interpret or convey tones and appropriate responses. How can you teach your child to be clear and kind when chatting online? Model this behavior and ask them to help you write appropriate messages.