Digital Citizenship Family Resources
The Acton-Boxborough EDTech department is committed to helping our students learn to be responsible digital citizens.  As we all navigate an increasingly digital world, it's important to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in online activities. Teachers and families can help children foster positive online behavior, and protect them from cyberbullying and activities that might compromise their safety or reputations. While our schools are dedicated to educating our students about digital citizenship, families can help reinforce the message at home. Following are several resources to support efforts to encourage positive online experiences.

Resources for Families

Internet Filtering  
We strongly recommend that parents and guardians protect their children with Internet filtering tools that control unwanted and offensive content, and provide safe Internet access for families. With the proliferation of handheld devices, it is becoming increasing difficult for parents to monitor their children's Internet access. One good choice for Internet filtering and parental control software, for both home computers and handheld devices, is K9 Web Protection
 As part of a community outreach and social responsibility program, K9 is free for home computers, and is now also available free through iTunes for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. K9 has been downloaded in over 1 million homes, and has won numerous awards. The download is simple and spyware-free. More information is available on the Website

Privacy Settings in Social Media Apps
It is important for parents to understand exactly what information their children might be sharing on social media. Check out ParentInfo.org for instructions on how to adjust the privacy settings for all of the latest social media apps. 

Safe Internet Searching 
Instead of using Google Search, bookmark and guide your children to use one of these 6 Safe Search Engines for Kids.

IPads, iPhones, & iPod Touch
You can use the Guided Access feature to temporarily limit access to only one App. Guided access can be used to control which app your child uses while limiting access to other apps, including Internet searching.
Step-by-Step Guide to Setting up Your Kid's iPhone

YouTube Video


Additional Internet Filtering Resources