Why Schools Should Teach Digital Citizenship

Why Schools Should Teach Digital Citizenship


# # Digital citizenship
is really important for 21st century skills, because
being a 21st century citizen means that you can
collaborate and communicate, and you need to do that
not only with the people that you’re face to face with
but also those that you encounter in
the digital world. Our district believes that
we need to address citizenship. We believe in educating
the whole child, there’s a lot of focus
on the academics right now, and we have always believed
that we need to do more than just the academics. And part of that
is citizenship. And now, with our new world out
there, the digital world, it’s very important to
incorporate that in and make sure that we’re
teaching our students about how to be good citizenships
online and in their work
with technology. It’s important for our district
to address digital citizenship because it reflects the world
that our kids live in, and we want to be able to
understand the lives that they lead, whether
it’s positive or negative. And also it allows us
to address things and be proactive
rather than being reactive. It’s really important to talk
about digital citizenship in the classroom because
there is so much engagement. Students have so much
more engagement now with technology,
with the digital world, and as they are doing that,
they don’t sometimes make the right choices,
and they don’t really know what they’re doing or the effect of how they’re communicating
with others. I teach seventh and eighth grade
science, and I think it’s important to
teach the digital citizenship curriculum because now,
with the advent of all of these technologies in school,
students need to be educated as to how they can use
those resources effectively and safely. You’re not just going to give
a 16-year-old a car and say, “Have fun, hope it works
out for you.” They have to go through
drivers education, so the digital citizenship
program is like the education for students to use technology
wisely and safely.

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