Digital citizenship keeps coming up in more and more places.... It just came up at the Social Good Summit in New York this week I just co-moderated a multinational panel on it at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Vilnius, Lithuania, last week The European Schoolnet and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) just announced a new category for Europe's eLearning … [Read more...] about Why digital citizenship’s a hot topic
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Readers, this is turning out to be a series on digital citizenship, because the "Jessi Slaughter" story powerfully illustrated why and how much this baseline online-safety education is needed. Yesterday in Part 1, I looked at the kind of online behavior that citizenship lessons need to address and how we can help our children avoid it. Today: the goal of citizenship instruction, which hopefully … [Read more...] about The goal for digital citizenship: Turn it into a verb!
The story of "Jessi Slaughter" last week is a textbook example of what digital-citizenship instruction* needs to address: digital-age self-destructive behavior. Harassing and threatening others (whether or not in retaliation, as was part of Jessi's story) is self-destructive because, as the research shows, aggressive behavior online is very likely to lead to victimization online (see Archives of … [Read more...] about A child’s self-destructive behavior: Test for ‘digital citizenship’
"The Internet is where children are growing up," the New York Times reports, citing Kaiser Family Foundation research suggesting that they're online or interacting with digital media just about every hour they're not asleep or in school. So it follows that they really need to learn what it means to be good people online as well as in real life. Or good digital citizens. More and more parents and … [Read more...] about Help for teaching digital citizenship
This is an addendum to my earlier post on digital citizenship. Would appreciate any/all feedback. About a year ago I heard a great story on NPR about a successful risk-prevention program at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville that "relies on peer counseling, social events and solid information to challenge misperceptions students have about drinking" instead of the less successful … [Read more...] about Afterthought: Social norming & digital citizenship