Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tool #10

3 things that make a good digital citizen:
- Boundaries are there for a reason (there is a time & place for everything including school)
- Comments on social media websites can affect the present and your future
- The internet is a two-way-window to the world (be aware of who might be looking in!!!)

One listed resource to review w/ my students is in the following link:
It highlights the following:
  • Facebook: Why should we have boundaries for sharing information on Facebook and what are my boundaries? Should I, my sibling or my child get a Facebook account before age 13?
  • Digital Ethics: What responsibilities go along with the use of cell phones and computers to share media as well as textual information?
  • Password Security: Why is it important to safeguard my login credentials?
  • Digital Footprints: How are people using websites like Google,, and other sites to search for information about prospective employees, and how can my digital footprints affect my future after high school?
  • Commenting Responsibly: How can comments left on YouTube, Facebook, and other sites affect my life today and tomorrow? Are my words powerful? Do my comments matter? How can I moderate comments others leave on my websites?
  • Cyberbullying: How can and should I respond if I witness cyberbullying, or am a victim?
  • Power in my Pocket: How can I constructively use my cell phone and online accounts to promote good in the world, instead of hurting others or myself?
  • Stranger Danger: Why is it RARELY a good idea to meet someone in person I only met online, especially when I’m a minor? (Many parents have met partners or spouses on sites like eHarmony, so it can be misleading to tell students “NEVER meet someone F2F you’ve met online.) How can you tell if someone you meet online REALLY is who they say they are, and if they are “safe?” Who should you talk to when you are faced with a situation online that makes you uncomfortable?
  • Texting While Driving: Why is texting while driving in the car VERY dangerous, and what can be done to encourage others to NOT do it?

  • It is important to approach this topic at the beginning of the year. I would begin by asking them what they know about digital etiquette. Second, I would provide them a glimpse of projects to be conducted throughout the semester. And finally reiterate the importance of being responsible students while enjoying the beauty and wonders of technology.   
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