Digital Citizenship

When I think of digital citizenship, the first thing that comes to mind is this cute video I first saw when subbing for a technology class. The video was shown to both 1st and 2nd graders. I’ve subbed for technology before and it kind of turns into just a free day. I thought this was a really good use of time. Students were getting valuable information, and it was age appropriate and engaging. The songs used in it are really catchy and were stuck in my head for at least a week! Which I think is the point, so I would say they did a great job!

Of the sites given to us for exploration this week, I really liked The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit. I’m a visual learner, and although there are different ways to teach digital citizenship using visuals, I think having tangible items is also good. The visuals he uses are also easy to make connections with and remember. If you know that you shouldn’t share your toothbrush, it might help you also remember not to share your password. I noticed that Craig Badura, the other of the post, actually teaches at the school my cousin went to, so now I’m interested in asking him if he learned digital citizenship from him and how his experience was!

I also liked the TED Talk titled Your Online Life, Permanent as a Tattoo. When I first read the title, I thought about my own experience. I have one tattoo. It took me a LONG time to decide that I was going to get one. And once I decided that I wanted one, it took a long time to decide what I wanted. Then, I had to decide where on my body I wanted it. A lot of time and consideration went into choosing it. When we post on the internet though, we don’t use that same consideration. Tattoos can ultimately be removed (though painful and not 100% effective) whereas what we say online cannot. This really led me to believe that digital citizenship is just not taken seriously at all.

The video Exploring a Teen’s Digital Footprint in 6 Clicks or Less was really eye-opening. I’m now interested to see what someone would find about me or someone I know. I try to be pretty careful about what I post on social media, but I haven’t always been. I am now looking forward to Googling myself and sharing what I find!


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