The Top 3 Elements of Student Digital Citizenship

Students should learn to be safe, social and savvy online.

Now that we have technology in our classrooms, communities and homes, parents and educators are likely asking themselves, “How do we help children effectively use digital tools?”  As technology leaders, our goal should be to help our students become their best selves online. Digital citizenship is the answer.

Be Safe: Protect Yourself and Others

Almost everyone has found opportunities online that they enjoy on a regular basis, whether playing games or keeping up with friends and relatives. Students need to balance online hours with connecting to people in the real world. Digital devices are tools, and we decide when they are best used.  It’s exciting to learn, explore and create online but we also need to teach children that digital tools wield a significant amount of power and they should be wary and watchful for potential issues.

Be Savvy: Educate Yourself and Others

In its broadest terms, literacy is the ability to read and write. But in digital communication, literacy takes on other forms. It’s important that students understand the nuances of each iteration. Hiller Spires, a professor of literacy and technology, notes that literacy is critical for all users, as it helps us find, consume, create and share content.  Digital tools, spread across a variety of platforms, provide new ways to communicate and share with those near and far. From email and social media to collaboration tools such as G Suite for Education and cloud storage, students today need a solid understanding of which solution is best for a given situation and also need to know how to use it effectively.

Be Social: Respect Yourself and Others

Thanks to improved access to digital technology, people who previously may have been left behind in a global learning experience are now able to participate. School districts should both applaud and embrace these opportunities, taking advantage of what technology offers challenged students, from those learning a second language to those with physical or behavioral disabilities.  Because of this expanding audience, it is important to practice and teach consideration of others.

Information for this post was taken from an article by Mike Ribble in EdTech Focus on K-12, follow this link for the complete article and more details.