What is it?
Digital Citizenship is interacting with and understanding technology and the internet in a safe and meaningful way.
Why is it important?
The internet is one of the biggest inventions in human history. It touches almost every aspect of our modern life. Every student has a right to safety and a clear understanding of the pervasive and permeant nature of information on the internet. While students enjoy using the internet, many if not most do not understand how it works. Student's should be taught digital empathy, data, safety, and reputation. An appreciation of how data moves gives student's an essential understanding of how their digital footprint impacts both their present through company data mining and future through the permanent nature of information posted. Teenagers especially need to comprehend that nothing on the internet disappears forever. It is also imperative that students grasp that the people they interact with on internet are real people with real feelings.
ISTE Digital Citizenships in Education
Internationals Society for Technology in Education offers a 15 hour self paced professional development for teachers focusing on teaching and modeling digital citizenship in the classroom. They also have standards, worksbooks, and videos to help students and teachers better understand digital citizenship.
CyberSmarts: Rosen Learning Center through Grant Wood AEA
Through the Grant Wood AEA College Community students and teachers have access to Teen CyberSmarts a series of Online eBooks and games focusing on digital citizenship. Access through the database page on this website or talk with your buildings teacher librarian.
Modeling Digital Citizenship
Digital citizenship starts with teachers. By modeling correct citations and copyright use we show students the importance of copyright law and fair use. We also help prepare them for post secondary opportunities.
Showing empathy and respect when online, directly addressing cyberbullying and harassment through advisory lessons shows students the appropriate online etiquette.
Teaching and requiring citations for resources, pictures, or video also shows the importance of giving creators credit for their work.