5 year Olds Draft a Skype Responsible Use Policy.

By katypang

Today I talked to the children about a responsible use policy for our  Skype sessions. The children thought about how they will use Skype.

We will be Skyping Ms Douglas’s class in Hong Kong for the first time tomorrow. We have had a test run and we are ready to go! Now we also have the beginnings of our policy.


KP Skype Responsible Use Policy (Draft).

  1. Work out problems (know how it works, practice).
  2. Stand up, sit down (they need to see you you).
  3. Say nice things,like hello.
  4. Say responsible things like, What are you doing? (let others talk)
  5. Be confident, speak with a loud clear voice.
  6. Use your brain, use more words (think about what you want to say).
  7. Skype for friends and Skype for people you don’t know is different (how you act depends on the audience).


A big question came up and the children are debating it,

“Is it OK to say no to people who want to be your friend if you don’t know them?”

What do you think?

Why do you teach five year olds about digital citizenship?

Some children have a digital footprint before birth,  pictures of  scans pops up on social networking sites, photographs and video clips follow. Children should be aware of their online presence. Most importantly they should be creating  a positive online presence.

What is a digital footprint?

Your digital footprint is all the digital communication you place on the internet. Children need to be aware that information shared, stays. Inappropriate pictures and comments remain and others can find them. Like wise, your greatness can  be researched by others! Employers and universities regularly check people’s online presense. So digital footprint should be as positive as possible.

How can I monitor my digital footprint and that of my family?

It will not be possible to monitor every area of your child’s electronic life. We need to work together to help children understand and build a positive online presence. We talk about their rights and responsibilities when they are online. Your values as a family off line are the values you promote online. There is no difference.

KP, digital citizens.

The children are very aware, through comments and the cluster map, that the “whole world” is looking at their blog. This generally means when they ask for things to go on the blog they  make a supreme effort to ensure high quality work. Tasha wrote an outstanding post about twitter and literacy development, please take time to read it.

Now we respond to other peoples blogs and send tweet messages we have been discussing the kind of messages we should sent. We started our conversation by discussing messages we like to receive. We decided these are the messages we should be sending to others.

Safety Online
A message from a parent.
On our walk home XXXXX told me that he had a “tweeting account” at school. And that he had an important password to protect it.  So we did have a short talk, but then I asked him if someone responded to him and asked him where he lives, would he tell that person?  And he said ‘yes”.  So then we had another talk about safety.  Thanks for giving XXXXX the openings for these important conversations that sometimes get lost in the busy-ness of our days!
Only write down what you would say to someone face to face.
Some children have responded to tweets from followers, in our group sharing time. They wanted to say wonderful five year old things like, “I love you.” We talked about whether you would go up to someone in the street and say that, “No!” they all said. A simple, but powerful message, write down what you would tell someone face to face.
If anything makes you feel uncomfortable online tell a grown up. This
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