Exploring Digital Citizenship

In exploring the digital world for information about digital citizenship I came across this website.

This website and organization focuses the opportunities and challenges that we face with raising children in a digital world. I really like the aspect of teaching our children and educators about how youth and adults can be good digital citizens. It also focuses on not only how we can be good citizens and avoid danger and harmful behavior on the web but also how we can use the internet to make a positive difference on the web. The organization has an amazing resource library for educators and parents to learn more about digital citizenship.

One of my main aspects that I want to learn about and I feel is very relevant for my field in becoming a teacher is teaching students how to use the web. I really liked that it discussed not only how to stay away from harmful content but also how to use it for good. The site has a page of called “30+ Inspiring kids teach the world how to be good digital citizens” which showcases stories of kids who have used the internet for good.

This is one of those inspiring stories

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16-Year-Old Creates App To Make Lonely Lunches A Thing Of The Past

I really connected and liked this organization and its message. As a mother and a teacher I worry every day about kids and the effect the internet has in their lives. My children don’t have devices yet but I know that they will someday and this seems like a great resource. (I also loved that it is based out of Utah where I was born and raised. )

This TED talk about raising digital citizens is interesting and a new perspective that I didn’t think about before but makes sense and I am always open to different perspectives.

This perspective was extremely eye opening for me as a parent. Similar to the Digcit.com site she talks about how we should raise children in this digital age. I found it interesting that she recommends that kids have access to social media and should make those inappropriate posts because that is how they learn. Just like generations before them that made similar decisions while the frontal cortex was developing, young adults are making similar decisions just on the platform of the internet.

As much as I want to shield my kids and students from the internet this does make sense. Since they will be living in a digital world that is constantly growing and changing maybe kids should make mistakes and be able to learn from them. Just like falling off your bike and learning what not to do, kids might need to make a post or comment and then realize it was a bad decision. I know I have made a bad post or written a comment that I regretted and learned from that experience. The only challenge is that a post can be there forever. It can always be deleted but someone can always take a screenshot or do something which makes that bad decision permanent. How to raise a digital citizen is a challenge for parents especially since most parents did not grow up in the digital age, however that might not be the case soon.

And finally I think this is a great picture of what we should be reminding kids whenever they use social media and the basis of being a good digital citizen.

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We all grew up with motivational posters in our classrooms and this seems like it would be very relevant in every classroom as well as at home in today’s world.

One Comment

  1. Chris Lott said:

    You highlight one of the deepest dilemmas of digital citizenship for parents and teachers: finding a productive balance between education/support and control/limitations. Many aspects of life as parent and teacher are that way, but the web and social media create a powerful and transformative context. The permanence of the web is often over-stated and it tends to be a somewhat random phenomenon. So I tend to agree with Korf and not with walling-off the deep end of the pool, so to speak. I also tend to think that continually making and sharing new stuff is the best way to make the inevitable gaffes and mistakes less important and often disappear entirely. But that is always easier said than done!

    Love the THINK idea as well. So much of citizenship really comes down to trying to be good, kind, charitable, and honest.

    June 10, 2019

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