Digital Citzenship

My knowledge of digital citizenship is that it is a term that embodies the ability to be a safe and productive citizen online.  Digital citizenship encompasses how teachers, students, parents and all citizens should act online.  They should act responsibly and safely in the way that they communicate with others online.  People should also be courteous and respectful of others privacy and ensure that they are aware of what they are posting online for others to see.  People shouldn’t put things up online that could cause others harm or distress and cyber bullying is never okay.

I have seen first hand of the dangers of sharing too much information online.  A few years ago my step Grandmother got scammed into thinking her laptop had something wrong with it and needed to be fixed.  They conned her into thinking that they were part of a legitimate computer company.   So they scammed her into giving them money and then they hacked into her laptop and put numerous virus’s on it as well.  It took months and months for computer experts to fix her laptop.

I took the bullying quiz on the StudyDesk and got 5/10.  One of the questions that I got wrong was question 3.  This is because like Bec I thought cyber bullying would be the most common form of bullying that occurs in secondary schools these days because of the fact that we live in a digital world today and young people these days are using so many digital technologies in their day to day practices.  However I was quite surprised that I got this answer wrong and it’s quite shocking that cyber bullying and offline bullying often occur together and it is very concerning that cyber bullying will become more prevalent in the near future.

I also took the Cyber-bullying quiz and got 25/25.  I thought this quiz was a great way to teach young children about how to stay safe online in a simple and easy way to understand.  However I think some of the answers needed to be answered in much more detail, so that young children can thoroughly understand how to be safe online.

Before doing these quizzes I thought I was quite informed about using ICTs safely, responsibly and ethically, however after doing these quizzes I have realized that I still need to learn a lot more.  I think what I really need to do is learn more about how to teach young children how to be safe, responsible and ethical online in a way that they can understand and a way that doesn’t scare them.   To end this post I found some lesson plans for teaching students how to be safe online and I thought I would share them with everyone, as a start to learning how to help young citizens in the 21st century be safe, responsible and ethical online.

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