Teaching Digital Citizenship

Teaching digital citizenship in the classroom is something that should definitely be taught and enforced with teens in today’s world having another life online. With the age of technology constantly expanding comes new platforms where teens share their everyday lives with the world in real-time. Teens are now at an all-time high of uploading things that might not be appropriate or damaging to their image in the future. With social media comes impactful digital footprints that can be left behind and have detrimental consequences for those involved. For example, two college students were expelled from their university after posting a video involving them using racial slurs and panting each-others faces black to represent another race. The impact of those student’s actions could affect them for their entire lives when looking for careers in the future. Students need to understand that social media is mostly public and its a representation of who you are as an individual. The question is: Would you want your parents to see what you are doing? If you answered no its probably the time to reevaluate what content you are sharing to the world. The implementation of adding a course in digital citizenship would teach students about how their digital footprint could affect the rest of their lives in the future. In the article I was reading I found it surprising that student’s profiles were so easily accessible for educators and they were so quick to change the content knowing they were being watched. Although I didn’t find it shocking that student’s academic attention was affected by screen time. I did find it shocking that some students have no self-control when it comes to setting down the phone or computer. I think with the addition of these possible lessons and courses there will become a realization that student’s digital footprint can stay with them until they die. Actions taken online can seriously impact students futures for success. I think we need to teach students that nothing is private when it’s shared online and your actions get into the wrong hands it can have serious impacts on student’s lives. With technology constantly evolving and platforms opening up online we need to keep students’ future in check to ensure success in the future.

6 thoughts on “Teaching Digital Citizenship

  1. It’s amazing to even hear about everything that students have done. I had a teacher whose son was looking to be a teacher himself. I believe it was while he was teaching at his first job, though he also could have been student teaching. Anyhow, his superintendent found a fake facebook profile that his friend in college had made of him, which had a picture of him at some party. I don’t recall if the picture was real or not, but he lost his job on the spot, and estimated that because of that, the job he eventually got teaching paid several thousand dollars lower than other jobs he did not get because of that incident.

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    1. It’s really crazy people have to be really careful of what they want on social media. Employers can look at your stuff and if you represent a company you could very well lose your job over it.

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  2. It is true, there is something to be said for those who grew up doing stupid things before the internet and social media. All of our mistakes were not broadcast for the world to see. Some times I think we’d do well to go back to those days. Other days I like having access to social media and the community that can spring from it.

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  3. I also found it interesting that the teacher was able to access those students’ profiles so easily even when we think setting something to private will keep us safe. Unfortunately, I think we live in a world where some parents would rather be friends with their children instead of being parents. The “would I want my parents to see this” may work for some students but not for all. I agree that it is imperative that we teach our students that there are long-lasting consequences for sharing their lives online.

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    1. It’s defeintly eye opening to those who like to use social media heavily. I think people think we live in a world where people aren’t just a clck away and that’s just not a reality in todays world.

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