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Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week!

October21

pause_think onlineWhether it’s a profile update, tweet, post, file download or YouTube video, our students are confronted every day with making important decisions related to social media and other digital networks. The question is—which choice will they make? A responsible one, or one that could have lasting negative consequences?

To ensure your students create a positive digital footprint, celebrate Digital Citizenship Week during October 21-25 by engaging them in activities and lessons that promote safe and respectful online behaviors.

There are a number of posts I’ve added to this blog that educators can utilize to encourage students to send the right the [text] message when using computers, gaming systems and mobile devices. Just enter “digital citizenship” in the search box to locate them. In addition to these sites, videos, and infographics, here are a few other valuable resources that can be used to urge your students to behave appropriately while online.

» Common Sense Media

Leaders of the Digital Citizenship initiative in the U.S., Common Sense Media has created a comprehensive toolkit for raising awareness of digital responsibility to ensure kids think critically, behave safely, and participate respectfully in our digital world. Materials include lesson plans, activities, posters and videos.

» Digital Citizenship Resource Roundup

A collection of articles, videos and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility and media literacy compiled by Edutopia.

» Digital Citizenship Week: Six Resources for Educators

Six valuable events and resources related to teaching digital citizenship. Also created by Edutopia.

» Digital Citizenship

A Pinterest board filled with activities and ideas for promoting safe and responsible online behaviors.

Classroom Connection:

In light of recent news stories regarding the devastating consequences of cyber-bullying, now is the perfect time to discuss concepts such as engaging in responsible online behaviors. That said, use these resources to educate and/or remind students about the importance of navigating the digital world safely and respectfully.

Image attribution: Common Sense Media.

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