Digital Citizenship Discussion

Students are interested in using Web 2.0 Tools. With these tools, one needs to be cognizant of how to conduct oneself online (netiquette). This month I asked my students to describe how they have been good online citizens. Here are some of their responses:

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Example 1

Example 2

Example 3Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 5.40.52 PMWhat I appreciated the most about this assignment was that they brought up some suggestions that were not previously mentioned on our digital citizenship poster (re: How do we become better digital citizens?). We had discussions about:

  • Why Facebook and Twitter asks for your age
  • Why people send spam
  • Why personal information should not be shared with people we don’t know
  • Why we don’t write in ALL CAPS
  • Why we need permission to use images in our work

I can’t stress this enough with my students, that when working online, one needs to be safe and responsible. I strongly encourage students to share their accounts with their parents while they are this young so that way they can learn together how to conduct themselves responsibly while using social media. If they practice these skills with guidance from their teacher or parents, when they are older they will know what to do when they have more privacy with their accounts.

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