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Digital Citizenship Week (October 20-24)

posted Oct 27, 2014, 9:02 AM by Catherine Fuerte   [ updated Oct 28, 2014, 7:46 AM ]
For Digital Citizenship Week, I used lessons from Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org). Common Sense Media website has great resources for teaching young kids about responsible online behavior. 

Grades 6 to 8 watched the video Oversharing: Think Before You Post. In Edmodo, seventh and eighth graders wrote a brief reflection about the music video. Guide questions were: How do they relate to the video? Do you agree with the 10 items that people should think about before they post? Based on your experience, do think you or your friends are "oversharing" on social media? How do your friends' posts affect how you feel? How do you think social media has changed people's lives? What are some of the positive and negative effects?

Oversharing: Think Before You Post

Below are some comments students posted on Edmodo about the video:

"...I'm not bragging but i should be able to post what i want to post... 
I agree with most of the 10 things, i feel like everyone should be considerate about other peoples feelings and not be rude. And also not to think that its ok to be rude or bully people on the internet just because your behind a screen and no one can see you." (Bianca, Grade 7)

"In my experience, people tend to overreact the situations and overshare them a bit, but that's what happens when you get involved in social media. You, yourself, might not realize what your saying on a website and it could lead to something bad. I have to admit, I love social media and I tend to go on it a lot. People can be very interesting in what they post, and it interests me as well! I have to say this was a video that made me smile!" (Marissa, Grade 7)

"Social media has definitely changed the world for the better and for the worse. Better because people can communicate easier, no matter where they are in the world. Worse, because it gives people another way to bully people. So, they bottom line is to only post appropriate things on your social media because you might be bullied or judged." (Mia, Grade 7)

"I can relate to this video because sometimes people will spam my feed on social media. I do agree with the 10 items that they tell us to do because we shouldn't post anything we are embarrassed about or would regret in the future because it will affect our lives later on. Based on my experiences, i don't think any of my friends are "over sharing" on social media, but some people on instagram or vine might do it sometimes. I think they should be free to post whatever they want. If its a problem then we can just unfollow. My friends posts never affect my feelings, really. I think they can post what they want because it is their account. I think social media has affected peoples lives because they will spend all their time on the internet or on technology. The positive part of social media is that we can discover new places by looking at what others share. We can also meet new friends on the internet who have the same interests. Negatively, I think people will spend way too much time on social media and sometimes wont be as focused on important things, like school." (Jorden, Grade 8)

"Social media has proved to indeed help and sustain the lives of millions of people around the world. We could communicate through a single click of a button, no matter where we are, as long as there is internet connection. Yet, there are pros and cons. Yes, it has help connect friends and family alike, but sometimes we don't get a chance to communicate face to face. We're so comfortable sitting behind a computer screen, we don't really get a chance sometimes to go into the real world." (Kamille, Grade 8)

"Social media has its positive and negatives. It helps us interact with the world and makes the world seem like a smaller place. It also can help us connect with relatives or friends far away from us. Social media is negative when we use it to show off to others, make people feel bad, or post what we do almost every minute of the day. We should only use social media for good things. It was not invented to share everything we do with the world, or make fun of others, it was made to connect with the people we love in our life." (Dominic, Grade 8)

Click below to view the lyrics poster.

Second and third graders watched the video My Online Neighborhood. We talked about things that students do when they go online and reviewed the rules to follow to be safe. Second graders drew a picture and wrote about it in KidPix.

My Online Neighborhood

Some of the other activities students completed include: Private or Personal (using Kidspiration) and Rings of Responsibility activities.