Digital Citizenship

I think that the short 2-minute video did a pretty good job showing what digital citizenship is and being effective in a short amount of time. I think that the 9 elements all coincide with NETS standards for teachers and their vision of digital citizenship as well. I think that the video lacked giving a clear indication of what each element consisted of. I think a younger audience (middle and high school students) would benefit from hearing examples of each element since digital citizenship is a part of the NETS standards for students as well.

According to the NETS for students, Digital Citizenship is all about practicing safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology, having a positive attitude towards technology, demonstrating personal responsibility for lifelong learning, and exhibiting leadership for digital citizenship. For teachers it is all about promoting these ideas and being an example to the students. The video Digital Citizenship: Who will you be? was also simple yet affective in getting the point across. Asking questions such as:

Safe or sorry?

Real or fake?

Share a little or a lot?

Create/credit or steal?

Bully or protect?

I think that if I was teaching a younger age group (about 5th to 6th grade) this would be the type of video I would show to get them discussing digital citizenship as an ice breaker into the lesson. I think that it would be an interesting to show them a video like this and not tell them what it was about and see what they felt it related too.

Finally, the last article titled Social Media and Digital Citizenship reiterates the fact that we need to start introducing the elements of digital citizenship at a younger age. Even if technology isn’t as advanced in the classroom, it’s still out there and social media sites are more popular than ever. Statistics such as 20% of teens ages 12-17 feel that people are mostly unkind on social media websites should be a red flag indicating we need to start addressing these issues at younger ages instead of after students have already come into the midst of sites that can be potentially harmful.

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4 thoughts on “Digital Citizenship

  1. I also agree that the video did not do an inadequate job of providing clear elements that would be useful for students to use in the classroom. The digital videos this week are very short and effective to drive the point home. I think that this video would provide the right platform for which to help students to open up on the subtopic discussions within digital citizenship like you have suggested.

  2. I think you’re right on about the age group/audience for the Who Will You Be? video. I could definitely see using it with my 4th and 5th graders as a discussion about online behavior. The questions make for it to be a good discussion starter, as you say.

    It’s unfortunate that students ages 12-17 have that perception about online behavior. I wonder if they are specifically referring to kids in their same age group or to people in general? I know that in my own social media experiences, I feel that most people are pretty respectful towards one another, though there are certainly always exceptions. And I suppose I would have to consider behavior online compared to behavior in person. The wall of the internet allows people to say things they might not otherwise say when face to face with even some of their closest friends. While it does allow for someone to speak their mind more freely, it also risks jeopardizing relationships. Education at a young age as to what type of digital citizen we would like our children and students to be is critical in minimizing this type of behavior online.

  3. Ashley, for some reason I hadn’t thought of showing this video directly to students – but that is a great idea! As you say, it would be a good icebreaker and could begin a dialogue about how they behave online and how they think they should behave. The questions (Safe or Sorry? Create/Credit or Steal? Bully or Protect? Share a Little or a Lot? Real or Fake?) would be great springboards, too, to write on the board and generate ideas and discussion. In thinking about your thoughts on getting younger children to start thinking about these issues, I remembered a website for educators called Edmodo, which is very similar in appearance to Facebook but is used for classroom assignments, discussions and more. Perhaps using sites like these can be a “safe” place to start with younger children, a way to model for them good digital citizenship before they start using Facebook (or its replacement in the future).

  4. You mention that 20% of teens think that people are mostly unkind on social networks. I thought this percentage would be higher especially in teenagers and young adults. I work at a middle school and many of the the disputes especially the ones involving girls originated on some sort of social media network like facebook. I think that some adolescents and young adults can be quite cruel when they are on these sites making comments about others. They also get a sense of anonymity because of the lack of face to face interacation. I agree with you that we need to start educating students at a younger age in regards to the appropriate use of social media. As the panel on digital citizenship also indicated that parents also need to be involved in the education process. Many students use social network sites at home so it would make sense for parents to be educated about the concept digital citizenship.

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