These are 3 main points to remember:
- -respect yourself
- -respect intellectual property
- -respect others
As a teacher, a good rule of thumb is: Anything you can say to a kid can be said online.
One of the talks last week was on Digital Leadership by George Couros (@gcouros)
The idea that really stuck with me was that we should be teaching and guiding kids in the creation of their digital footprint all the way through from Kindergarten to grade 12 so that the ideas of what being a digital citizen means is ingrained in their minds. This would be the best way to prepare them for the "real"world beyond school. By being proactive a lot of the problems like cyber-bullying could be reduced.
Another concept that we should think about is how do we inspire kids to do great things and contribute to positive changes in the world we live in? Being a digital citizen is more than simply existing. Since we have all these tools at our fingertips, we really need to think about how we can contribute to the global community, and how we can make meaningful connections all around the world.
"Kids often defy expectations if you give them the opportunity." ~Shelley Wright (@wrightsroom)