Digital Citizenship

2022 Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship FlyerDigital Citizenship

A digital citizen is a person who develops the skills and knowledge to effectively use the internet and other digital technology, especially in order to participate responsibly in social and civic activities.

How can I create media balance in my life?

How can I keep my private information safe?

How can I build a digital footprint I'm proud of?

Teach students to conduct data mines (on themselves).

Students should do this every 3-6 months. While many will Google their names, we need to teach them to dig deeper. Here are some general guidelines to follow:

  • Log out of internet browsers before searching (staying logged in can affect the results).
  • Search (using quotation marks) full legal names, nicknames and usernames.
  • Search Google Images with names/usernames.
  • Use multiple browsers, such as Chrome, Bing, Yahoo, Safari and Firefox.
  • Look beyond the first page of the results. Go at least five pages deep until the name/username no longer appears. Take note of what kind of results appear (presentations/social media/images/etc.).

Stress the importance of digital maintenance.

This is the spelling list or cursive practice of the digital world. It’s not glamorous to teach but essential for students to know:

  • Remind students to backup Drive files, important emails, smartphone photos/apps/etc. at least once a month.
  • Reiterate the importance of logging out of accounts, not simply closing the browser window.

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