I reviewed a few videos and wanted to try these out. To start the conversation going, I worked with a year 5 and 6 class for one block talking about digital citizenship and showed 2 videos and they took an online quiz. I got feedback from the children and it really made them think. Fantastic, that’s exactly what we need kids to do nowadays. THINK, particularly BEFORE they ACT.
I am terrified for children growing up in this day and age. In my day there was no internet, so any mistakes I made as a child are not searchable, but the reality is their mistakes will be searchable. With the increase of mobile devices, pictures/videos are taken too easily and with no respect or thought for others putting things online.
It is important to talk about the attributes/qualities of a good digital citizen and how respect is such an important one. We should ask permission before we post a photo or video that includes other friends out of respect to those friends.
I will now describe the process of what I did in these year 5 and 6 classes as follows:
What is a digital citizen?
We started our conversation by using www.padlet.com and built an online wall (allows collaborative post it notes) and we explored the key attributes of a citizen, (after determining what a citizen was!). Then we related these key attributes to online (just put online at the end of each attribute i.e be respectful online). I got this idea from Kevin Honeycutt who is an inspirational speaker from the States, very popular in NZ.
Online safety, privacy, sharing and footprint
Next I showed the video "Digital Dossier" which goes through what a person's dossier looks like throughout the entire life starting in the womb! There are lots of teachable moments throughout this video and it is an eye opener as to how large their digital dossier is going to be.
Honesty, Integrity and Ethical Behaviour
The second video is all about digital footprint. It reinforces that everything you do do online can be seen by everyone and is there permanently and can be copied and passed on to anyone!
It looks at photos and has a silly photo of a child with pencils up his nose, which is a geat opportunity to talk about 'who' puts photos up on line. I ask the children, "Do you think this child put this online for everyone to see? and this brings about great discussion. Great for talking about respecting privacy and other's privacy too.
By the way, this Ted Talk on 'electronic tattoos' is an eye opener for teachers and talking about facial recognition.