Digital Citizenship… Starts in the Classroom

Kids are constantly plugged in online and exposed to the digital world. As teachers, we can make a positive difference in our student’s lives by teaching them about being digital citizens right in our very own classrooms. It is our job to influence children to be engaged online in constructive and innovative ways so that they carry on a positive digital footprint outside of the classroom. One of the main messages that I want to share with my students is that…

“Digital citizenship isn’t just about recognizing and dealing with online hazards. It’s about building safe spaces & communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being Internet savvy- using your online presence to grow & shape your world in a safe, creative, way and inspiring others to do the same.” (Digizen).

I want this quote to be posted in my classroom so that I am constantly reminded of these things at all times. I am beginning to realize how significant it is that I teach my students the importance of being positive and influential digital citizens. I want to help them develop their online skills so that they can be effective online and inspire others to do the same.

As teachers, we have the chance to show our students the endless possibilities that technology can bring. It is crucial that we give our students the chance to develop their digital footprint. Kids are now developing digital identities at a young age, and we have the amazing opportunity as teachers to show them the value of a positive digital identity. Their world can be expanded by sharing their ideas and thoughts with positive communities and networks online, giving them an audience for their work. The digital world allows students to be authentic, engaged, and creative. As teachers, we are fortunate that we can help students develop positive digital citizenship and help them grow and progress in their digital journeys.


6 Comments on Digital Citizenship… Starts in the Classroom

  1. Erin Luong
    May 26, 2014 at 5:11 am (9 years ago)

    I agree that one of the benefits of our digital world is that we can create oppotunities for students in our own classrooms to help them experience being a positive influence in the digital world. Kids find connection in their peer groups, so coaching them to build positve online identities will not only impact the students in our classrooms, but may also have a ripple effect on the people they interact with.

    • Amanda Brace
      May 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm (9 years ago)

      So true! A ripple effect can occur even faster online. Which is why it’s even more crucial for students to learn how to make positive connections online.

  2. Ted Green
    May 28, 2014 at 3:34 am (9 years ago)

    “Shaping our worlds in a safe and creative way.” I agree that helping young people build positive digital identities can have a huge ripple effect.

    • Amanda Brace
      May 28, 2014 at 10:25 pm (9 years ago)

      Yes exactly Ted, that is why it’s important for us to guide them as they build their digital identities.

  3. Helen Rowling
    May 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm (9 years ago)

    It is true it seems many begin their journey into the cyber world at such a young age these days, oblivious to the fact of the openness of the platform. As educators, it is paramount that we facilitate their learning and sharing in the digital world in a controlled manner. I found this introduction to the importance of guidance in digital citizenship so succinctly ‘said’. Thank you.

  4. Dean Shareski
    June 3, 2014 at 4:03 am (9 years ago)

    I love that you’re still blogging. 😉


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