For the past few years I have been especially focused on Digital Citizenship in our schools. I believe the topics that fall under the umbrella of Digital Citizenship are of critical importance in all of our work. It will take a team (a village?!) to regularly introduce, teach, expose, and review these topics with our students. That team is composed of all educators, administrators, parents, and the students themselves.
Some of the topics include:
- Internet Safety
- Privacy and Security
- Digital Tattoo and Reputation (I call it ‘Tattoo’ rather than ‘Footprint’ after a great session at ISTE on this topic)
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit and Copyright
I have been promoting and using the Digital Citizenship curriculum and Scope and Sequence developed by CommonSenseMedia. Not only is it great to have it at hand and ready in all aspects, but the lessons are well-developed, appropriate, and engaging. I highly recommend it. There are many other resources, sites, people, and curricular materials available as well.
I recently found out that educators can become Digital Citizenship Certified by CommonSenseMedia by undergoing some training online. I completed that this week. You’ll see that I earned a badge to put on my blog. My goal wasn’t the badge, but to help spread the word of the importance of this work with our students.
I participated in a Twitter chat about a week ago about Digital Citizenship using the hashtag #digcit. There’s always a lively conversation and great resources shared using that hashtag. Here are some of the quotes I took away from that chat:
(I’m sorry I’m not properly attributing them)
- My understanding of Digital Citizenship is RAP: Respect; be Aware; Protect
- Be a global citizen and a digital citizen
- The very best way to teach digital citizenship is to model digital citizenship behavior. A close (and necessary) second is to talk about it.
- Digital Citizenship is using the Internet ethically and responsibly to keep yourself safe and secure.
- Parents are the key. They are the first teachers of digital citizenship.
- One thing for sure: Citizenship can’t be citizenship if it’s DICTATED to the citizens!
- It is important to model proper digital citizenship with children. Listen to them. Be there for them and care about them.
- One definition of digital citizenship could be “life literacy”. Kids are ahead in some areas but we cannot assume that they all digitally literate.
- It takes a village to raise a good Digital Citizen!
Digital Citizenship topics are popping up in the news and online posts regularly. Shouldn’t we all do our part to have these conversations with our students?