With all this talk of blogging and tweeting online with our kiddos, I always have digital citizenship on my mind. A core part of each child's development is social interaction. In our new digital world, we are also having to add online interactions into the developmental fray. Anyone with a smartphone has probably run into tricky social situations with online communication. It is so easy to text or message people in today's world. Many of those messages happen when we are joyful and happy! But most of us have had those dreaded text or message "arguments" where it so hard to interpret the tone, meaning, and purpose of their texts.
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.
Check out these amazing teaching and learning blogs
Michael Fricano's Blog
2 Guys and Some iPads
Kristin Ziemke's Page
Don Goble's Blog
Mrs. Wideen's Blog