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A Wonderful Free Classroom Poster on Digital Citizenship

January 27, 2014
Today's students learn in what Howard Rheingold called social mobs. These are people who met online, most often through social media, to co-learn and peer instruct each other. They rely more on the collective wisdom than on any particular individual. Having good digital manners is a pre-requisite for members to build a reputation inside these mobs and to also develop learning ties that augment the learning potential inside these communities.

Our students spend much of their time interacting on social media. It becomes part and parcel of who they are. But are they aware of the hazards looming in those spaces? Are they familiar with online code of ethics?  Are they doing it safe ? What if their online identities are jeopardized ? How about those intimate photos they share? Do they know future job seekers would more than likely have a look at what they share on their social media ? The answer to these and several other questions lies within "digital citizenship".

On the request of some  fans of the Facebook page of this blog, I went along and created this infogaphic that I am offering here for free. The purpose behind this work is for you to use it in your class to teach your students about digital citizenship. All the information included in this graphic is based on the the previous posts I have been sharing in the "digital  citizenship section" in this blog and also on this wonderful book entitled "Digital Community, Digital Citizen".

I have been working on this visual for two consecutive days and it took so much from my already busy time schedule and I know many of you will republish it on their blogs and websites but please credit me back as being the source and for the hundredth time please use only the graphic , do not copy the text.

digital citizenship

Why teaching digital citizenship to your students?
  • It is an essential step to becoming media literate in the 21st century
  • It prepares students to navigate the web confidently and safely.
  • Identity theft, sexting, cyberbullying, plagiarism, predators
  • Presnky, 2010: "…installing ethical behaviour… ought to be our number one concern."
  • "students must be 'active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society." ( U.S.Dept. of Education, 2010).
  • Students learn about the impact of their digital footprints
  • Online misrepresentation can have significant impact
  • It helps students think about the ethical dilemmas that happen online everyday
  • Students are taught skills to deal with potential incidences of cyberbullying
  • It helps students think about their online identities
  • Everything you do online leaves a footprint so choose wisely what you share.
Digital etiquette: 
  • Only do things online that you would not feel embarrassed telling your parents about. 
  • Be polite towards your digital peers and treat them the way you want would want to be treated. 
  • When citing or using others productions, always make sure you ask for permission and when granted credit them back as the sources of your information. 
  • Participate actively against cuber bullying by reporting to admins instances of potential bullying you would come cross. Only post and share you think have a value if not then don't post. 
  • Embrace difference and know that others might hold opposing views. 
  • Respect them and debate with them civilly If you share personal staff online ( videos, images) make sure it's only with people close to you and can trust fully.
Digital citizenship is : etiquette, access, responsibility, using internet effectively, communication, digital literacy, media literacy, search literacy,critical literacy, social media literacy, respect, privacy, appropriate use, sharing, participation, creation, your internet trail, information literacy

Things students should keep in kind:
  • Never post anything that you might find embarrassing later.
  • Be careful with the pictures you post on your public profiles. Remember others will see them and judge you based on their content.
  • Change the privacy settings on your social networking sites so that only your Friends can see your information.
  • Do not disclose your personal address, phone number, passwords. Bank card numbers...etc even in private messages. There is always the possibility of somebody hacking into your account and finding them.
  • Do not post things to bully, hurt, blackmail, insult, or afflict any kind of harm on others.
  • Always keep in mind that once information has been posted online, it can be almost impossible to remove because of archiving and file sharing. Even though you deactivate your accounts, the information may still be retrieved by others.

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