Teaching Digital Citizenship
Teaching Digital Citizenship to Digital Natives
Digital Citizenship in Action - Kristen Mattson
For years, much of the available curricula for teaching digital citizenship focused on “don’ts.” Don’t share addresses or phone numbers. Don’t give out passwords. Don’t bully other students. But the conversation then shifted and had many asking, “Why aren’t we teaching kids the power of social media?” Next, digital citizenship curriculum moved toward teaching students how to positively brand themselves so that they would stand out when it came to future scholarships and job opportunities.
Digital Citizenship in Schools
Cyberbullying Research Center
Common Sense Media
Digital Compass (6-8)
Digital Bytes (9-12)
Digital Bytes teaches teens digital citizenship through student-directed, media-rich activities that tackle real-world dilemmas. Teens learn from the experiences of their peers then create collaborative projects that voice their ideas for making smart, safe choices online.
Digital Bytes is ideal for afterschool programs, community centers, or blended-learning classrooms that need short, relevant activities that teach digital citizenship and critical thinking about media consumption and creation.
Students can earn badges for completing each section!
My Digital Compass - Where is your Tween Heading?
On Guard Online
Seven Digital Deadly Sins*
Seven Digital Deadly Sins approaches topics very relevant in our digital world today facing teenagers. It offers talking points for discussions dealing with digital safety and citizenship.*Disclaimer: Please review this web resource before using with your students. It deals with very mature content that is very relevant conversations we need to have with our older students that deal with touchy situations.
Google's Be Internet Awesome
To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.
InCtrl - Digital Ctizenship
Cable Impacts brings you InCtrl, a series of free standards-based lessons, originally developed by Cable in the Classroom, that teach key digital citizenship concepts. These lessons, for students grades 4-8, are designed to engage students through inquiry-based activities, and collaborative and creative opportunities.
Net Smartz Kidz
This website is sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Through the Wild Web Woods
The interactive game is available in 24 languages!
Developed by the Virginia Department of Education. It is an app along with other free apps to teach online safety and cyberbullying.https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/professor-garfield-cyberbullying/id369171501?mt=8
Greatest Issues on teaching digital citizenship:
Students must understand the purpose of digital citizenships and your lessons must reflect it. To grab students attention, there are many stories to bring students into the lesson and get them to understand the importance.
We as educators must continually model appropriate online behavior like we model appropriate behavior and expectations in the classroom. Students need to know you are a role model and understand what you are teaching them.
With the changing landscape of the apps that students use to communicate, we as educators must keep up and understand these apps. Many seemingly harmless apps pose a great danger to students because they can open them up to online predators.