What is Digital Citizenship?
Digital Citizenship isn’t a teaching tool… Digital citizenship isn’t a long list of dos and don’ts… Digital citizenship isn’t something you talk about just once…
Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.
Education can take place everywhere. We’re seeing an Indian student listening to a UK Professor’s tutorial online, a student sharing his work to other students through his blog, and some students discussing about a topic in Twitter. So, what teachers/parents/organizations should understand is to make their students/children/employee as real Digital Citizens. Let me explain you some useful tips to make students engage with Digital Citizenship.
Things everyone should keep in mind:
So many people will approach you through mails, add requests, and messages. If they aren’t your colleagues, classmates, relations or friends, just ignore them.
Don’t reveal personal information:
There are no such offers on the web to offer money, iPad or some other gifts without participating. So, if you receive such mails or calls asking your address, just avoid it.
Don’t click spam links:
If you open a website, there are many things advertised to attract you. If they aren’t trusted sites, never click those links. Before clicking on any advertisement, cross verify it through Google.
Never addict to technology:
Use technology. There are many sources to gain knowledge. Don’t be addicted to playing games and social networks.
Including the above mentioned points, there are many more that students/children must be taught about. Make sure your students/children aware of them.
Some more areas of concentration you should be aware of:
Internet is a wonderful source. Those who are able to type few letters can also use internet to get what they want. You’re the online protection to your kids. Teach them about all the potential dangers while giving personal information (if not necessary) online. Help them to surf internet safely.
Many web resources ask users to create an account on the site. And it’s useful to have a secure access. We can also share our works personally. Teach them not to reveal to reveal the passwords to anyone and also tell them about the dangers. So, next time they will never forget to click on “sign out” option whenever they access web in public net cafes.
Social media can provide tech skills, knowledge for students even at their early age. So, it’s not compulsory to restrict those children from social networks. But you can teach them what to do and what not to do. You can tell them about some options like report abuse, block and etc. for their protection. You can also use Parental Control software.
Teach them how to find information for the topic they want. Provide them information about search engines, educational sites, useful blogs and several applications.