Let’s Talk Digital Citizenship

THINK before you by ToGa Wanderings, on Flickr

THINK before you by ToGa Wanderings, on Flickr

Digital citizenship encompasses many issues, from cyberbullying to texting while driving. As technology becomes more prevalent, the need to understand and teach the skills required of a digital citizen will only grow. Now is the time to implement digital citizenship education in your school and district.

Not only is it Connected Educator’s Month but this week, Oct. 21-25, is also Digital Citizenship Week, an event several organizations have worked to add this year. Cable in the Classroom and Common Sense Media have provided resources on digital citizenship, including logos, lesson plans and ways to share your programs with others, this week and throughout the month. You can also tweet about your digital citizenship projects via #digcitwk.

Help your students become better digital citizens — and meet the ISTE Standards for Students — by sharing and showing ideas from around the country.

E-Rate and Online Behavior

Many school districts are beginning to submit new proposals for E-Rate funds. Remember that since July 1, 2012, as part of your E-Rate program you must not only comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, but you must also educate minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, cyberbullying awareness, and response.

As part of Digital Citizenship Week, you can plan as a team, school or district how to begin addressing these topics with your students. There are many online resources about topics related to social networking and educating students about how to become responsible users of technology.

Digital Citizenship in Schools

I am often humbled when educators who have read my book, Digital Citizenship in Schools, tell me about the influence it has had on them. I had one of those moments when I spoke to a great technology supporter up in Alberta, Canada. She was so thankful for my book and the impact it made on what she was doing in the classroom. Thank you to all the educators who have supported me and my work over the years.

Have a connected month!

Mike Ribble is a district technology director and author of Digital Citizenship in Schools. Connect with him on Twitter via @digcitizen. How will you address digital citizenship in your school or district this week? Leave a comment below!

3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Digital Citizenship

  1. I blogged about your post tonight and shared it with my teachers and there are several of us who want to replicate your “THINK” poster. Did you just put that on an 8.5×11 sheet of paper? I want to honor the source so can you break it down before a bunch of people start posting it in their computer labs? :)

    Nicely done.

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