Exploring Digital Citizenship

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My favorite website was The Digital Literacy Survival Kit. This is a very useful tool when learning about and teaching future students about digital literacy. The survival kit made comparisons to everyday items in life, such as a toothbrush or a permanent marker.  My personal favorite tool in the survival kit was toothpaste. When squeezing out toothpaste you can not put it back into the tube once it is out. This easily can apply to the internet. You can edit, or even delete whatever was put up on the internet, but most likely there will be someone who saw it.

 

Another great work was by George Couros. He is an educator who wants to help students follow their passion. No matter what students want to do with their life, the internet will be a huge part of it. What students post on the internet can affect their chances at future jobs, if the employer sees it. He even provided a very useful tool to for teachers to use. This tool gives grades and ideas for teachers to use when teaching students digital citizenship. This is something I can really use in the classroom, even if I am a secondary teacher. This tool is a way to remind me of the bases of the students learning process of digital citizenship. It can also help me decided how I would like to grow their digital citizenship.

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One of my biggest fears (and problem) with students be online is cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a huge problem online. There is a huge percentage of students who experience cyberbullying on social media, either by commenting or chatting. In most cases students do not report this bullying to their legal guardians or other adult.  This also increases the chances of teenagers thinking about committing suicide. Cyberbullying can be worse than the bullying that happens within the school hallways and classrooms. This can be worse, because it follows the student home, and does not allow for the students to have a chance of escaping it.  This can be remotely prevented by talking, giving students a strong role model, and by restoring self-respect. There are even more preventative steps online.

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