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Pausing & Thinking About Digital Citizenship

“From your head down to your toes, pause and think about it. From your feet up to your nose, pause and think online.” – Common Sense Media

Pause & Think Online

Today’s performance:

How wonderful it was to this morning to watch first and second graders from The Meadowbrook School sing about how to be good, smart digital citizens…especially at a conference focused on 21st century learning! After all, how can we expect our students to use the wicked (that’s a Bostonian term) awesome technology tools we’re providing them…but not guide them on the social responsibility, etiquette, and safety of using them?

So much of the 21st Century learning we all leaned into today happens with technology – CAD, coding, robotics, video production, and more! And what is so wicked special about these technologies is the added educational value they provide our students:

  • Collaboration with peers
  • Tutorials from experts
  • Sharing (and playing) in online communities

The fact that our little ones were on the stage today singing about digital citizenship…well that’s because they are already part of 21st century learning. They are collaborating with peers to build and program (Minecraft, Scratch), watching tutorials on how to sew or design dresses made of duct tape (Khan Academy, Youtube), and sharing their own successes and discoveries in online communities (Poptropica, Club Penguin). And while some of this discovery happens at school, more and more of it is happening at home.

We owe it to our students, if we are going to put the tools in their hands, to teach them digital citizenship – What is fair use? How do you safesearch? What does your digital footprint look like? What should you do if you are being cyberbullied? How do you protect your identity?

So when it comes to digital citizenship at your school, take the advice of our Meadowbrook 1st and 2nd graders today: Pause…and think about it.

Digital citizenship is wicked important.

Mike Scafati

Teacher – Technology, Film, Social Studies

Digital Citizenship Certified Educator: Common Sense Education