Teaching digital citizenship is a must.
Digital citizenship is no longer something we can keep talking about without acting on it. Interacting with the digital world is a daily activity for all of us, most of us read the news online, interact with other people and communities, watch videos and learn new things.
The same is true for young people. Each new generation has more access to infinite amounts of information and digital activities, and it’s more prevalent in the classroom than it ever has been. It’s important that students learn the best ways to engage online in these communities and understand how to read the information that inundates us all.
We have even more reason to start introducing this topic in the classroom sooner than later. Countless headlines and research projects over the last few years have highlighted problems students are facing when identifying real news from fake. Headlines like this one have become a dime-a-dozen, “Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds.” Stanford researchers found that, “most (middle school) students could identify the traditional ad, but more than 80 percent of them believed that the “sponsored content” article was a real news story.”
Working digital citizenship into regular discussions.
There are lots of things that make up good digital citizenship, and it takes time to get it right. It requires practice participating in online discussions and interactions. Here are some discussion prompts that will get your students practicing digital citizenship and understanding the topic.
If you have any of these discussions with your students we’d love to hear how they go. Feel free to share with us on our Twitter with the hashtag #parlayideas or @parlayideas.
We can’t wait to hear or see the amazing and thoughtful ideas that your students have while exploring digital citizenship discussion topics. 🙂