5 Doable Digital Citizenship Goals for Teachers

Internet safety, online privacy, cyberbullying, media balance, online relationships, news and media literacy—digital citizenship topics tackle big questions. It can feel daunting to integrate lessons on these weighty topics into your already-packed classroom agendas.

1. Embrace teachable dig cit moments.
We’ve all encountered a situation in the classroom that required spontaneous, unplanned digital citizenship instruction: viral rumors blowing up students’ social media feeds, drama or misunderstandings in an online discussion, or an instance of oversharing online that you happen to witness. No matter what content area you teach, don’t shy away from addressing teachable moments…

2. Find the natural connections to already-planned lessons.
Whether it’s a quick video refresher on copyright at the start of a research project or setting norms and protocols for online discussions, short digital citizenship skill-builders can enhance learning activities across a range of content areas.

3. Empower families with resources to tackle their biggest pain points.
Parents and caregivers are hungry for guidance on some of the media and technology challenges they face at home, from kids multitasking during homework to setting expectations for kids’ first phones.

4. Talk to colleagues and administrators about the value of digital citizenship instruction.
Break the ice by sharing some copies of these quick-start lesson ideas in the teachers’ lounge. When your colleagues are ready to go deeper, you can introduce them to the ISTE Standards for Students and Common Sense Education’s Recognition Program.

5. Model responsible digital citizenship.
As always, strive to lead by example. Be mindful of your own digital footprint, educate yourself on the risks and benefits of sharing information online, be a critical news and media consumer, and strive for a healthy media balance.

The information for this post was taken from an article by Erin Wilkey in eSchool News, follow this link for the complete article and numerous links to additional information.