The Myth Of Digital Citizenship And Why We Need To Teach It Anyway | EdReach

Here are two articles about digital citizenship- the first highlights a growing (and scary) issue: students cyberbullying teachers.
The second (below) simply confirms our approach to social media- basically we expect students to behave online the way we expect them tp behave offline: with respect, kindness and courtesy.

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At one time in the not so distant past there were no cell phones. And then everything changed at a rate faster than the speed of amending a student handbook. I can distinctly remember the first time one of my 8th grade students brought a cell phone to school. It really wasn’t that big of a deal, more of a novelty really. I mean one student with a cell phone had next to no bearing on our day to day school operations. But then a second student brought a cell phone.

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Article from Alissa Sklar on the Amanda Todd Tragedy

Here is an article from Alissa Sklar (mother of two of our students and author of the Risk within Reason blog)  that nicely compliments my recent focus on digital citizenship:


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Sklar reinforces our school’s attitude toward social media, where it is better to teach our children about it than to ban it:

Hysterical, fear-motivated responses include passing thoughtless and ineffective “zero-tolerance” anti-bullying policies at schools or banning the use of social media at school instead of teaching good digital citizenship.

She also reminds us that cases like Amanda Todd’s are extreme, the worst case scenario. That most teens’ experiences online is positive and kind. As well, she reminds us that it is very important to clearly define bullying and what kind of behaviour does or does not fall under this rubric.