Digital citizenship is so important in today's world. It ecompasses so much more than online bullying and plagiarism. It is about teaching students to be good citizens in all they do online. Teachers need to weave digital citizenship into their discussions with students. Students need to understand these 8 dimensions of citizenship:
Interactions with Parents and Students
One of the best ways to build digital citizens is to create an open line of communication with home. I recently reached out to our school PTA to plan a night in May meant to help parents better understand the digital tools that their children are using at each grade level. This details of this night are still in the works, but I have plans to allow parents to bring their own devices to help them understand how to best connect with their kids, provide snacks and child care to encourage all parents to attend, record the event in order to share with those who were unable to attend, and showcase tools and helpful things to watch for as students begin working with technology at home.
Survey and Policies for Parents
Surveying parents on their comfort levels and providing clear policies on how technology will be used in the classroom can help the teacher better understand expectations at home and the parents to better understand expectations at school. The survey below is one that I have sent to parents. Each year, I make changes to the survey to help gather better information to inform my decisions in the classroom.
Interactive lessons on digital citizenship can be vital for students at all ages. It is important that students understand the 8 dimensions of digital citizenship and feel comfortable sharing things they encounter with adults. Creating this bridge will help students as they get older and the peer pressure online increases. The lesson below is one I designed with a fellow teacher to help students reflect on digital citizenship.