I have recently spent some time discovering what digital citizenship really is. It is kind of a funky term that really does not seem to fit what it is all about. From what I have discovered, digital citizenship is, in short, how to act appropriately online. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any sort of social media where someone can post their thoughts or actions.
One of the articles I read was “Digital Citizenship: Using Technology Appropriately”. Which can be found here. What this talked about what just what digital citizenship really is, but in a very brief summary. They say this term is “the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use.” I say this is a pretty loose definition, given the strength that this term holds. They say that digital citizenship is also known as digital wellness and digital ethics too. These two terms seem to be appropriate. However, I wish it to be called digital etiquette. Really, etiquette is all about using your manors and being polite to others. So, to me, this seems to be a good fit for a term. Anyway, if you are interested in finding out more about this topic of digital citizenship, please visit the site, which can also be found below.
Another article I read was “Living Our Lives Online”. This article was a first-person experience of a teacher who discusses about how to work with students and her children on digital citizenship. As a future teacher this was a great read. The author talked a lot about being a role model both inside the classroom, but also online. I found this to be very interesting. She mentioned how she has accepted the fact that children will mess up or do something they are not supposed to online. After all, children are children and need to learn. However, in order to do this the children must know that they are doing something wrong. Not all parents monitor their children’s online usage, so this can be difficult. I mean, it is not the teacher’s job to watch what the kids are doing online, but this author decided that she would.
She allowed her students to be follow her on social media, but she would not follow them back. She would post positivity on her accounts because she thought that her posts might be the only positivity her students will see that day. In the world today there is so much negativity being spread around on social media, so this strategy is perfect. lastly, she talked about letting the kids make their own decisions. She hopes that as a parent and a teacher she has given the kids the tools to make the right decisions. All we can do as teachers is hope that they do just that.This article can be found below.
The third blog I read was “7 Ways to Prevent Cyberbullying”. This article was also a great read. As a future teacher it is difficult to tell what is going on online with the students, but we must watch for warning signs. Once we get to know our students we can pick up on their physical and emotional gestures that tell us how that student is feeling. If something does not seem right then have a talk with the student. Maybe all they need is someone to ask them before they say anything. There are many ways to try and prevent cyberbullying, but in the end it comes down to people sticking up for each other and defending one another. This must be taught to your students. In a world that is changing so quickly to being driven by technology we, as teachers, must attempt to prepare our students to be aware of what is out there in the digital world and how they can shed a positive light.