August 13, 2014
After posting about the iPad apps you should try in the first week of this new school year and after learning about the 26 questions students should be able to answer during this week, now comes the turn to talk to your students about digital citizenship, a concept of high importance for students overall development as good citizens.
Here are some resources I specifically curated for you to use during the first week of this school year.
What is Digital Citizenship ?
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.
Watch this wonderful video to learn more about 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.
- 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 posters to use in your class
1- Free Classroom Poster on Digital Citizenship
2- Internet Safety
3- Digital Citizenship poster for young kids
4- Do's and Don'ts of Digital Citizenship