Digital Citizenship at Home

  • In a world where using digital devices such as iPads and smartphones is commonplace, it’s important for families to set boundaries around the proper use of these devices at home. The following tips can help guide families on how they can teach their children to be safe and responsible digital citizens as they get older.

    Setting Good Digital Habits

    As a parent or guardian, you have the final say as to how much your child uses digital devices like the iPad at home. It’s important to set and communicate clear expectations for your child’s use of the iPad. Common Sense Media provides family tips on how to monitor children’s safe and responsible Internet use and has an age-appropriate “Media Family Agreement” with a checklist to guide conversations with your child about the responsible use of media and technology.

    Visit for more information on:

    • How to change privacy settings and other Internet safety tips
    • Using social media responsibly
    • How to handle violent media
    • Guidelines for monitoring screen time and setting age-appropriate schedules
    • Educational websites for young children
    • Managing cell phone use