on Fifth Graders and Digital Citizenship Week
October 20, 2021
October 18 - 22 is Digital Citizenship Week. This is the time to raise awareness of the importance of learning how to be a good citizen in the digital world. At Holy Angels School, digital citizenship is taught at the beginning of the school year and reinforced all year long. Students learn about keeping personal information private, citing sources of information and photos, cyberbullying, social media, media literacy, among others.
Fifth graders reflected on how they can practice the school’s Student Learning Expectations (SLEs) by becoming good digital citizens. The SLEs are: Be Like Jesus, Be the Best You Can Be and Be Responsible Citizens. Here are their reflections:
Be Like Jesus
I can Be Like Jesus online by standing up for people being cyberbullied, as Jesus would do. I can do this by being an upstander instead of a bystander when I see someone being bullied online.
I can say good things and be respectful to people online.
I can be like Jesus while on a website or playing games online by being kind and not bullying people. Jesus was kind to others and so can we. Cyberbullying is a big problem and we should stop it by being kind to others, not only in person but online, too.
I would write the good news of God on a website. I would also put positive comments on videos that I see online. If I see some negative comments I would comment in a nice way to make it stop. I would also make sure whatever I am posting is a good picture and appropriate.
Be the Best You Can Be
I should always be myself and not be someone I am not, especially online. I will always try my best in whatever I do. I will always stand up for myself.
I can be the best I can be by not looking at inappropriate websites, pictures, or comments. If I see some, I will report it and tell an adult, or tell the person who is posting that it isn't the right thing to do. I can also stand up for myself if it is about me.
I can always visit appropriate websites and not be a cyberbully. I will make sure my parents approve of whatever I do online, especially the games I play.
Be Responsible Citizens
I can be a responsible citizen by giving credit or citing the sources of information and photos in my work. I also can protect my personal information and not give it out to people or strangers I don't know.
I can go on appropriate websites and watch appropriate videos only. I should not spend too much time in front of a screen so that I get my work done and so I don't get a headache. I can set goals and allow the time I spend on my device to be my reward. If I have work to do on a device, I can make sure not to watch anything else so I don't get distracted.
I can be an upstander to cyberbullies instead of a bystander. I can also treat my device carefully, and not damage it. I can also protect myself and others from harm by watching what I post and making sure I ask permission before posting someone else’s picture online.