Think about it. Media literacy no longer protects “only” the quality of the information we take in. It now protects our relationships and even our identities – on several levels. It’s an understatement to say we need to be media literate more than ever now. I’ve posted plenty about the relationships part (social literacy), so [...]
Category Archives: citizenship
Guest post by Marianne Malmstrom I’m thrilled by the competency and resourcefulness of my young students. But I also feel an urgency to inform parents and teachers that our children need us to be present and involved online. Just as in “real world” spaces, they require supervision and guidance in virtual spaces. They don’t know [...]
Social change agents used to go to “the press” (remember that?) to expose social ills and make things better. Now they go to social media. Stop and think about what a huge difference that is, in terms of the actors, the actions, the issues, and the medium. The social activists can now be anyone. They [...]
Digital literacy educator Diana Graber is crowdsourcing a media literacy curriculum for 8th-graders at Journey School in southern California. It’s Year 3 of the school’s CyberCivics program that Diana’s building, she writes in the CyberWise blog. Reading her resource-rich post got me thinking about all I’ve learned about digital literacy, media literacy, and social literacy [...]
You could call Internet users “citizen lobbyists.” This week, in a post-Arab Spring sign of how participatory media – and its participants – are powerfully changing things, they successfully went head-to-head with some powerful forces and won. Christopher Dodd, the head of the film industry trade group that lobbied and failed to push through the [...]
“Citizenship is relationship … digital citizenship is relationship amplified,” said Gary McDaniel, a clinical social worker for Morgan County School District in West Virginia, on a panel at the International Bullying Prevention Association’s annual conference in New Orleans this week. I had the honor of kicking off this keynote panel, offering a little background on [...]
Two Nova Scotia boys’ act of kindness in 2007 is a powerful example of how to use the social norms model for defeating bullying and cyberbullying.
It’s applicable to and respectful of all youth, not just those at risk, and appropriate for functioning safely and successfully in a digital age.
The “environmental conditions” of this age – where a person’s behavior on one side of the planet can profoundly affect another’s on the other side – are felt online even more than offline. So what do we do about that?
I think what A.J. Patrick Liszkiewicz says about citizenship at the beginning and end of a talk (about the social game Farmville, of all things), nails it: He told his audience at State University of New York, Buffalo, that “…democratic citizenship has always been a difficult skill to master…. Citizenship requires cultivation….” At the end [...]