It wasn’t until I had started my internship that I’d really heard of the idea of digital citizenship. My co-op teacher was a connected educator so the use of technology and teaching what it meant to be a good digital citizenship to our students was key.
At the start of the year, we followed a series of lessons that set the stage to our kids for what it means to be a good digital citizen. I taught grade 1/2 so what we were teaching was pretty basic and starter-level however it made me think how I would teach digital citizenship with older grades as well.
Here are some examples of how we taught our grade 1/2s about to help them understand digital citizenship:
- Only put your first name and ONE letter of your last name: In our class, we used a lot of apps on the tablets that required the kids to sign in. The students learned that in only doing this that strangers wouldn’t know their full name/ be able to find their personal information on the internet.
- What is GOOD vs NOT-SO-GOOD: To let students understand what sites/activities are good choices for students on the internet, we did two activities. In the first example the students filled out a stop light ( yellow , red, or green) if they thought a site would be good or bad. In the other activity, students would have to go to the right side of the class if they thought an example was a ” good internet choice” and to the other side if they thought it was a ” not so good internet choice”. An example of a “good internet choice” would be using kid friendly sites. An example of ” not so good choices” would be using a site where you have to talk to strangers.
- Digital Footprints: We taught our students how to become conscious with what they are sharing and saying on the internet. It was interesting to see the students start to understand that ” if I wouldn’t say something out loud should i say it on the internet?”. Here is a useful video to consider showing when teaching about digital footprints.
I can see challenges arising with digital citizenship on occasion, especially if students do not have access to technology. As teachers, we need to be aware of where are students are coming.. not every child is going to have the same access and understanding of technology.
In regards to the relationship between digital citizenship and the curriculum, I see many connections. I see the potential to discuss digital citizenship in many health outcomes, especially the following:
- USC3.5: Evaluate safe behaviours/practices to increase the safety of self and others while at home.
- USC6.6: Develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and personal standards necessary for establishing and supporting safe practices and environments related to various community activities.
In our class on FEB. 14th, we started talking about the elements of digital citizenships. Talking about all of these elements allowed me to build further knowledge as to what Digital Citizenship truly is. Here is an informative blog I found that highlights the nine elements of Digital citizenship.