Week 3: Should Schools be Required to Teach Digital Citizenship?

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You may be asking yourself, what is digital citizenship? I asked myself the same question as I was beginning this assignment. After doing a bit of research I found that the gist of digital citizenship is being responsible and respectful on the internet. It is very critical that this idea be taught in the classroom since the internet has become such a big part of our everyday lives. 

There were several instances in high school where it was obvious that students weren’t fully aware of the impact their activity on the internet could have. Multiple students got in trouble for pictures posted to their facebook pages. Other students harrassed others over instant messenger and suffered the consequences when the conversation got printed off. 

This could have all been prevented first and foremost if the students had used more responsible actions. Secondly if they had been educated on digital citizenship they would be aware of the amount of people that are able to access their information. Teaching Digital Citizenship in the classroom is very important due to the increase in internet use and availability. Students need to learn how to appropriately use the internet because future employers will be able to view their information. 

http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/ This is an interesting site that gives parents information on what their student needs to know to responsibly use the internet. 

http://www.nisd.net/digitalcitizen/ This website effectively defines digital citizenship and provides other useful definitions. 

http://www.brainpop.com/spotlight/digitalcitizenship/ This is a webpage that introduces the idea of digital citizenship to students. It would be a great resource for the classroom!

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