Digital Citizenship

Wednesday, May 10th 2017

As your students are preparing for a summer break that is sure to be filled with fun times with friends, playing outside, and spending time with family, there is still an opportunity to educate. Take these last few weeks to talk to your students about some of the most important things in their lives right now… the internet. Our students will be spending a majority of their time on their devices this summer and it is important that they are aware of the rules of this digital world. Consider teaching your students about the importance of a positive understanding of Digital Citizenship.

In the image below, I have listed out my top 10 topics of being an effective digital citizen. I will list them out below but I encourage you to show the image in class and go through the topics one at a time to plant the seed in your students minds before summer is out. Here are some questions to get you started.

Digital Citizenship:

  1. Digital Access:
    1. What does it mean to have digital access?
    2. What gives us digital access?
    3. How should we act in the digital world?
  2. Digital Commerce:
    1. How has the internet changed our relationship with money?
    2. How do we practice good commerce online?
  3. Digital Communication:
    1. Is communication more than email?
    2. How much communication is too much communication?
    3. What is appropriate to communicate?
  4. Digital Literacy:
    1. What does it mean to be literate in something?
    2. What is the purpose of the internet?
    3. How do you use the internet?
  5. Digital Etiquette:
    1. Are there ethics in the digital world?
    2. Is the way we act online different from the way we act in person?
  6. Digital Law:
    1. What are the laws of the internet?
    2. What is a way we can get in trouble online?
  7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities:
    1. We do we own in the internet?
    2. What is your responsibility while online?
  8. Digital Health & Wellness:
    1. How much internet is too much internet?
    2. If the internet did not exist, how would you spend your free time?
    3. Should we be on an internet or information diet?
  9. Digital Security:
    1. How can you really protect yourself and your identity online?
    2. What information is most vulnerable?
  10. Digital Emotion:
    1. How should we handle our emotions online?
    2. How do we really feel while we are online?
    3. Know your audience when you are posting online.