Did they just message that?
What the heck was that emoji?
Was that rude or them just being funny?
Without seeing the person and hearing their tone, it is so hard to truly know what they mean even as adults. Now, we are sending kids out to thes online platforms on their iPads, Xbox, and tons of other technology tools during key stages in their social development. Digital Citizenship needs to be a mandated part of curriculum starting at a young age. The more we prepare our children the better chance we have to avoid any possible trouble in the future. Common Sense Media has an amazing curriculum to aid teachers in teaching this vital topic. You can find the curriculum here.
They also have some great videos that you can use with your kids to start meaningful conversations in your classrooms. Here are a few of my favorites below and the descriptions will even tell you what curriculum unit the video ties to!
What ways do you teach digital citizenship in your classroom? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Common Sense Media introduces "Pause & Think Online" and original song and video highlighting ways that students can use their hearts and minds to stay safe online and to protect their emotional well-being online and in life.
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Students explore how to be a super digital citizen in a digital world. This video works in collaboration with our Digital Citizenship Curriculum, Grade 3-5, unit 3, Super Digital Citizen.
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Students learn that the information that they put online leaves a digital footprint or "trail." This trail can be big or small, helpful or hurtful, depending on how they manage it. This video works in collaboration with our Digital Citizenship Curriculum, Grade K-2, unit 2, Follow the Digital Trail.
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Students consider that they may get online messages from other kids that can make them feel angry, hurt, sad, or fearful. This video works in collaboration with our Digital Citizenship Curriculum, Grade 3-5, unit 1, Power of Words.