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Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom

Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom
As elementary level teachers, we are charged not just with teaching academics, but teaching social skills as well. "Ignore bullies and tell an adult if you feel threatened," "Don't talk to strangers," "Treat people the way you want to be treated." You're probably familiar with phrases similar to these if you teach the younger grades. Young children are still learning the norms of social behavior and how to handle strangers. However, when was the last time you talked to your students about how to use good manners when leaving a comment on a blog post? When was the last time you and your students discussed what to do if someone is harassing you online or wants to meet you in person? These are the new social skills for our students. While we shouldn't stop teaching children how to say "please" and "thank you," and bullies still exist in the face-to-face world, it is vital that we treat online safety and digital citizenship with the same amount of seriousness and attention. Lesson Resources

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Behaveyourself.com: Online Manners Matter Netiquette becomes a key part of education. Credit: Wesley Bedrosian From email to social networking to classroom blogs, today's students are online, both in and out of school -- a lot. But there's no one out in cyberspace to make sure they wash behind their digital ears and refuse cookies from online strangers. Modeling Constructive Online Behavior Plenty of students may know how to create digital media, but too few know how to produce engaging, high-quality content, the kind that makes them stand out not only to college admission officers, but also to potential employers. What does that kind of quality involve? We need to teach and encourage students to post original, outstanding content that will distinguish their unique identities in a sea of increasingly indistinguishable resumes -- which are going the way of the typewriter. To help accomplish this task, I model creating a positive digital footprint by making effective use of social networking and blogging. I owe my students that much -- after all, if they don't take control of their online identities, someone else will.

5 Excellent Videos to Teach Your Students about Digital Citizenship Edutopia is one of my favourite educational web resources . Today while I was checking its Five Minute Film Festival page I came across a link that took me to their YouTube channel where I found a treasure trove of interesting videos on digital citizenship and because digital citizenship is one of the important themes in this blog, I decided to handpick some of the clips that grabbed my attention and share them with you below , you can also check the entire list here. But before that, let me share with you this concise and to-the-point definition that Amy gave to digital citizenship : "Digital citizenship" is an umbrella term that covers a whole host of important issues.

8 Steps to Combat the Bullying Epidemic October was National Bullying Prevention Month in the U.S. But shouldn't every month be bullying prevention month? Shouldn't we do more about this problem -- this epidemic -- than raise awareness about it during one month out of 12? I don’t think "epidemic" is too hyperbolic a term to use in this context. Indeed, the American Medical Association has labeled bullying a public health concern. Digital Citizenship in the Real World Digital Citizenship | Feature Digital Citizenship in the Real World The Digital Driver's License is helping students navigate the hazards of the Internet. Every new driver takes a test before ever taking the wheel. With so much at stake, it would be reckless not to. So it's something of a mystery why, in the age of increased attention on cyberbullying and online predators, schools aren't doing more to prep students for the inevitable realities of the Internet.

Beyond Emily: Post-ing Etiquette Educators offer guidelines for promoting good online behavior. Some educators are leading the way to school-based netiquette education with guidelines advising students on what to do, and what to avoid, in online communication. We've put together excerpts from some sample guidelines. Florida Virtual School This public virtual school for secondary school students includes netiquette in its online orientation for new students. Nine Elements Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. 1.

Awesome Digital Citizenship Poster to Use in Your Class Today, I am sharing with you a wonderful poster I come across in Teachthought. This visual is designed to help students cultivate a culture of digital citizenship when interacting with,sharing, consuming, and using digital content. As you can see the graphic is pretty basic in terms of its design and wordage but very rich semantically. I am thinking this could be a great poster to use with your students in class to always remind them of the "pillars" of digital citizenship. check this section, for more resources and materials on digital citizenship, .

The Path to Digital Citizenship I've written and taught about digital citizenship for several years. And, while the term is new in our lexicon, the meaning spans generations. The simple acts of carrying oneself in a civil, appropriate manner are skillsets that have been integrated into every classroom since the very first school. Many would argue that digital citizenship is simply a buzzword and nothing dramatically new. While the underlying meaning is familiar, the medium by which adults and students interact has changed dramatically.

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