Part of becoming more technological is taking on the responsibility that comes along with it. Being a good digital citizen requires our students to have a lot of different skills that may not have been previously taught. After hearing from a few students that they believed that everything on the internet was true, I decided that we needed to discuss different resources and determining fact from opinion. This is difficult for even an adult to comprehend, but the students should discuss this constantly to understand that some resources on the internet or Google are just not true. The second discussion topic should be protecting yourself. The internet can be a dangerous place, especially for the naive. Our newest "internet explorers" should discuss ways to be careful and to not share information online. The third topic that should be discussed is that word that are published online are permanent. They cannot be taken back once created. This is a vast concept for them, so they need to discuss how others can be hurt by words, even written ones.
I would have discussions with my students when I hear different
conversations that fit the topic. For example, when I heard that
everything on the internet was true. I will also discuss the
expectations and consequences for internet use. It is very serious, and
this needs to be understood by the students. My parents will be given
resources and invited to have conferences if they have and questions
about digital citizenship.
When reading http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2007/09/what-should-be-done-about-digital.html, I got a lot of ideas about other topics to cover in the classroom.
This website gives resources for students to have and to refer back to: