What is my basic knowledge of “Digital Citizenship?”
My knowledge comes from what I know as a K-6 teacher. To me Digital Citizenship is about how to behave online appropriately. Just as there are rules and laws in a classroom and civilization, there are rules and guidelines that exist online. As a teacher, I encourage friendly dialogue between students and appropriate responses. We know that technology is growing beyond the classroom and that students have access to social media, so we hope that the lessons they learn bleed through into those platforms as well.
Nowadays, Digital Citizenship is a class, topic, or standards required to accomplish. As a homeschool advisory teacher, my students are required to check off tech standards to move up levels (we don’t do grades).
I’ll give examples of what we require of a student who’s in level 4 technology (approx 3-5th grade) in the digital citizenship category.
|TE 4.1||Identifies online safety practices.|
|TE 4.2||Shows respect and takes proper care of computers and equipment.|
|TE 4.3||Demonstrates ethical use of common computers (i.e., other’s right to privacy; legal use of others ideas, music, literature, or software; etc.).|
|TE 4.4||Follows safety precautions associated with online use.|
They are a bit broad, but students have to explain how they are meeting those standards. It gets more extensive for higher levels.