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ERIC Number: EJ1039295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-175X
A 21st-Century Model for Teaching Digital Citizenship
Young, Donna
Educational Horizons, v92 p9-12 Feb-Mar 2104
This author has often heard teachers refer to kids as "experts" when it comes to using technology. She has found, however, that, while they may be great at navigating a new app or figuring out how to use the latest gadget, kids are not experts when it comes to properly communicating and ethically handling everything that goes along with using digital tools. Kids do not understand what a digital footprint is. They do not realize that posting private information could put them at risk or that writing in all caps means that you are "shouting." Most students also do not consider it dangerous to post personal details and pictures online or give strangers access to this information. Understanding how to properly navigate and ethically participate in a digital society means knowing the rules that come with being a good digital citizen. For this reason, teaching digital citizenship must be part of every school curriculum across the globe. The author teaches a semester-long class to all 5th-grade students at her school that focuses entirely on digital citizenship. Throughout the semester, students work to answer these four big questions: (1) What is digital citizenship, and why is it important?; (2) Is privacy important in the digital age?; (3) Should 5th graders be allowed to have Facebook or Twitter accounts?; and (4) What are their rights as a user and producer of information in the digital age?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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