De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) is strongly committed to teaching its stakeholders to become responsible in their use of technology, especially now in this Digital Age, where everyone has access to gadgets and the internet. DLSL strongly believes in empowering people to make the right choices regarding the use of all forms of digital devices, including content and the manner in which this message is shared. This is the main thrust of the DLSL Digital Citizenship Program, crafted for all students, Lasallian Partners, parents, and other stakeholders in the community.
Currently, everyone in the country is facing unprecedented ways of doing things. With the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases in the country, the Department of Education has mandated all schools in the Philippines to go online. DLSL has taken up the challenge of this new normal through our Borderfree Education Program, allowing students to learn anytime, anywhere and still avail support services just like the previous school years.
Advocating for Appropriate Technology Use
Now more than ever, advocating appropriate technology use is more important. Teaching how to be a good digital citizen must be prioritized at school and in the home.
Because everyone is spending most of their waking time online, individuals must be aware of the principles of good digital citizenship so they can apply it when they navigate the online classroom and other platforms they visit on the world wide web. Apart from that, everyone must also be aware of the security risks of being online, especially that cybercriminals abound.
Empowering Stakeholder to Make the Right Choices
Our Digital Citizenship Program includes teaching stakeholders how to create and share digital materials respectfully. Although there is freedom of expression, everyone must remember that whatever they share must not impinge on the rights of others.
Though the internet has given all its users the chance to connect, it has also provided avenues for cyberbullying, misinformation, and hacking. We thus remind adults that it is their responsibility to teach and model proper online behavior so the younger ones can create safe online spaces that foster tolerance instead of divisiveness. Despite individual differences, they must still communicate respectfully.
Emphasizing the Importance of Healthy Online Relationships
We also believe that healthy online relationships can only be fostered when everyone treats each other with mutual respect. Now is a good time to remind everyone that if one has no courage to do or say something in person, then they must restrain themselves in the virtual arena as well.
Teachers and parents must be mindful to teach the younger ones how to interact with others online. They must also encourage critical thinking skills by challenging online users to think before they click. How will their shared photos, videos, and words affect others?
It is not uncommon for children as young as five years old to access a computer or mobile device. As such, children must be taught how to act concerning proper “netiquette”. DLSL’s Digital Citizenship Program advocates for one and all to be mindful of their online behavior and choices because these have an impact on others, including their own selves.