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Upon completion of the course, you’ll find a downloadable Digital Citizenship and Safety Toolkit that you can use to keep students engaged in the topic. If you successfully pass the five quizzes you will receive a Digital Citizenship and Safety Community Educator recognition badge!
After reviewing the Google for Education Digital Citizenship and Safety Course, I think that this course is a good start to the conversation of teaching digital safety to students. Although, like any course it is just the beginning. Teaching students to be digital citizens is not a one and done type of course – it is on going lesson throughout all subjects of the year. Being a digital citizen doesn’t just mean “online safety.” It is how you form your digital identity. It is your interactions with others and your researching/browsing history. We often separate our digital identity from our real-world identity. We must teach our students that online identities are not a game of hide and seek. Being a citizen online, doesn’t mean hiding who you truly are or pretending to be someone else. Be true, be honest, be safe, be responsible, and be respectful. The same as you would in real life.
I need to finish completing the course before I comment on how I would incorporate them into my teaching. I know that teaching my students safe search skills is at the top priority of their beginning to use the internet.
What is digital citizenship?
I really liked this video for the fact that it didn’t say much. It gave a picture of what digital citizenship looks like… but leaves me wondering, what does digital citizenship sound like? Or feel like? Do any of my readers have a favorite video they share with primary students?
Whose job is it to teach digital citizenship skills and where should they be taught?
It’s everyone’s job to teach digital citizenship!!! We are all models for our students. All teachers, teacher assistants, support staff, specialists, parents, neighbors, and friends. Our students watch us and model our behaviors. This begins at a very early age. We must model desired behaviors to our students. For example, today in our Building Leadership Team meeting, we discussed personal Facebook pages. We still have teachers posting pictures of students on their personal Facebook page and tagging the school. The first issue is that no student images should be posted on social media without parent consent. The second issue is that teachers are tagging their personal Facebook accounts to our school page. From that page – parents can then access teachers accounts! We do not want this. This is the current action steps being taken at my school. I am explaining the reasons for this and importance behind it. Same goes with allowing friends/past students to be your Facebook friend. It maybe just my opinion – but I think that is unnecessary.
When should digital citizenship be taught to students?
Yesterday! As I mentioned earlier, digital citizenship isn’t one and done. We begin teaching it the second we put the iPhone in our hands in front of our children.
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WHY teach digital citizenship?
This seems like a silly questions to answer. So I will just leave you with this article that showed up on my Flipboard and made me think back to my Xanga days of “blogging.” The Ugly Evolution of Cyberbullying by Hannah Ewens gives an excellent picture of what it is like to be bullied online. In 7th grade, I remember my sister having a MySpace. I never had one, but I remember her showing me an anonymous comment that said, “Why are you so much prettier than your sister? I thought twins were supposed to look alike.” Luckily, my sister saw it and stood up for me by deleting the comment. Also, luckily, that was the only incident that I can remember that I was cyberbullied. Not everyone is so lucky.
With that said, I feel like this is a good time to share this video. In spite on the bullying and harm that can happen online, there is still good. Teach your students how to be the good and always remind them they are never alone.