Why is learning about digital citizenship important?
As 21st century learners, students have many opportunities to use technology on a daily basis. Whether they are communicating with friends, watching videos, playing games, or completing a homework assignment on their device, students are able to integrate technology into their lives throughout most of the day.
While technology has its advantages, there are drawbacks as well. The curriculum that is presented helps students identify the potential pitfalls of using technology, and teaches them how to navigate the online world safely and appropriately.
Being a good digital citizen is more than knowing your way around the web. It's about connecting and collaborating in ways you didn't even know were possible.1 Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.2
Topics covered include:
- Information Literacy
- Information literacy includes the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. From effective search strategies to evaluation techniques, students learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of websites, and give proper credit.
- Creative Credit & Copyright
- Living in a “copy/paste” culture, students need to reflect on their responsibilities and rights as creators in the online spaces where they consume, create, and share information. From addressing plagiarism to piracy, students learn about
- Relationships & Communication
- Students reflect on how they can use intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to build and strengthen positive online communication and communities. They delve into the concept of digital citizenship and digital ethics, and they reflect on their online interactions.
- Privacy & Security
- Students learn strategies for managing their online information and keeping it secure from online risks such as identity thieves and phishing. They learn how to create strong passwords, how to avoid scams and schemes, and how to analyze privacy policies.
- Cyberbullying & Digital Drama
- Students learn what to do if they are involved in a cyberbullying situation. They explore the roles people play and how individual actions — both negative and positive — can impact their friends and broader communities. Students are encouraged to take the active role of upstander and build positive, supportive online communities.
- District Bullying/Cyberbullying Policy
- Internet Safety
- Students explore how the Internet offers an amazing way to collaborate with others worldwide, while staying safe through employing strategies such as distinguishing between inappropriate contact and positive connections. These foundational skills are just the beginning!
- Self Image & Identity
- These lessons are designed to help students explore their own digital lives, focusing on their online versus their offline identity. Students learn the benefits and risks of presenting themselves through different personas and the effects on their sense of self, their reputation, and their relationships.
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Students learn to protect their own privacy and respect others’ privacy. Our digital world is permanent, and with each post, students are building a digital footprint. By encouraging students to self-reflect before they self-reveal, they will consider how what they share online can impact themselves and others.
Updated: August 17, 2017