Students need to know about being good digital citizens. They need to learn internet safety, whether it's protecting their privacy, or people trying to get information from them. They need to know about cyber bullying. Students should learn that not everything on the internet is factual. Just like a book, they need to check multiple sources. Proper internet etiquette is also important, just to name a few.
As we worked through our composer project I would share the cool cat teacher blog on digital citizenship and literacy.
In music one of the concepts we would need to stress more is verifying that the facts are accurate. We could show examples of how some information about composers is inaccurate and even false. While researching songs of the composer we could talk about which sites are appropriate and which are not. This would also be a good time to talk about copyrights and downloading music.
For parents, our school has a monthly newsletter that goes out and the music department has a few paragraphs in it every month. This would be a great way to communicate with the parents. We could also use this blog or one similar to it.