Technology is now the way of the world! Since technology is a part of mostly everyone’s, digital citizenship should be taught in schools right from the start. From Kindergarten to Grade 12, children should learn about technology and the possible things that can come from the use of it. If people know how to use the internet and devices in an appropriate way it will benefit them in the future. The digital elements are important for everyone to know about.
There are 9 themes of Digital Citizenship:
1.Digital Access – who has access technology and online resources available to them, not just at school, but at home as well.
2.Digital Commerce – the electronic space where buying and selling of goods happens, is it a safe place.
3.Digital Communication and Collaboration – the exchange of information electronically, technology may make some people feel it is the only place they belong.
4.Digital Etiquette – this involves the standard conduct or procedures and the way people think while on devices. Individuals should also be aware others online.
5.Digital Fluency – the understanding and the ways technology can be used. People should be making good choices while posting and commenting online.
6.Digital Health and Welfare – an individual’s overall well-being while in the digital world. It can’t be used for enjoyment, but also could be harmful to an individual’s health.
7.Digital Law – the rules and responsibilities of the online world and policies that go along with many online sources.
8.Digital Rights and Responsibility – are the requirements and freedom used by everyone online appropriately. Individuals should protect themselves and others online.
9.Digital Security and Privacy – are people safe when using online platforms.
This video gives a great overview of the 9 themes of digital citizenship. There are many components which you may confuse with each other, but hopefully this helps. I always enjoy a good video to watch for clarification!
This table is a good start to teaching digital citizenship. As educators, we should teach our students about digital citizenship. In the Grade 4 Saskatchewan Curriculum, there is a health outcome and indicators that relate to a persons individual safety, which has aspects that relate to digital citizenship.
USC4.4 Determine basic personal responsibility for safety and protection in various environments/situations.
a. Examine prior knowledge and new information related to safety (including cyber safety).
b. Explore critical safety needs (e.g., cyber, hunting, water, fire, biking) of self and others in local community.
d. Examine cyber safety etiquette and related safety risks and strategies.
i. Share expectations for personal safety and protection in various environments/situations.
j. Examine one’s responsibility to use electronic networks in an ethical and safe manner.
In my future classroom, I will teach lessons around digital citizenship and personal safety online. Some parents may not explain to their children the consequences of going online. I will make sure to emphasize there are benefits to devices and technology, and how to stay out of bad situations. I hope to use technology often in my classroom as a learning resource, so I want to be sure they are using it in a way that is positive. I would never want one of my students to get caught in a bad place online because they didn't know the dangers. It is better to teach them before it is too late!
I think all people who use technology should use it in a positive way that doesn't effect their life offline. People should not have to have 2 lives if they are taught and use proper technology practices. There are many great resources that I have provided above to help all my fellow educators learn about digital citizenship, so we can all teach our students the importance of being a good digital citizen throughout their lives!