What is digital citizenship? After exploring many different articles and videos, digital citizenship is a way to help people such as educators, parents, and students/children understand what people should know about using technology appropriately. Digital citizenship helps technology users become literate and prepares users to use the internet safely. It is important to go over different ways to stay safe and be responsible while using the internet. Growing up my parents never really talked to me about any of that, they just said don’t add people you don’t know on Facebook, and don’t be posting things you shouldn’t be. I knew better than to do any of that and I was too scared and still am to post anything! I think now it is becoming a bigger issue and it is something that needs to be addressed especially to younger users that might be exposed to this more.
A good comparison that I saw in one of the videos is that your online life is a lot like having electronic tattoos. A lot of times when a person has a tattoo, that tattoo defines them in a way. It’s important to teach students that once you get the electronic tattoo you are “Rolling up and down for a long time so be careful what you post”.
In a different article, I read, the author used props to try to get the point across for digital citizenship. The props the author used are a padlock, a toothbrush, tooth paste, and a permanent marker. The padlock represented creating strong passwords and usernames to avoid getting hacked. The toothbrush was used to remind students to not share passwords with other people, just like you wouldn’t share a toothbrush. The fourth item was a permanent marker, this is to remind students that once you post something it is really hard to get rid of especially if someone already saved it, took screen shots, or retweeted it. The last item was a tube a toothpaste and that represented the toothpaste in the tube and once it’s out of the tube it is hard to put it all back in the tube. I took this as, be careful what you say because you can try to take back your words or delete the message but you can’t always take everything you say back.
A big key to helping students be safe is that we must teach ethics and help them be ethical thinkers when using technology. A good way to incorporate being an ethical thinker, is to do role plays with the students so that they know what to do in certain risky situations. Something else that I didn’t read about but I thought would be good to add was to protect the kid’s devices. My little sister has a kid tablet and it’s great because it already came with a ton of games downloaded and there’s a kid mode and a regular mode. To exit the kid mode, you have to type the password so she can’t exit the kid mode on her own.
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