Social media has become a big part of our everyday lives, including those of children and teens. At the same time, technology continues to play a major role in the classroom, yet negative consequences like cyberbullying are growing concerns in schools across the country.
As new technology contributes heavily to learning, allowing teachers to meet students where they are and activate learning in new ways. it’s imperative to incorporate digital citizenship into school curriculum. Here are four reasons why digital citizenship belongs in your school’s curriculum.
The end result? Help your students become better digital citizens in an effort to keep technology as a positive force in their lives, while combating cyberbullying and other negative behaviors.
Every action has a reaction.
Consequences happen. At the rate technology is growing, it’s important to measure the negative implications it has on children. While students continue to become immersed in the emerging technologies introduced in and outside of the classroom, digital citizenship lessons can help them understand better decision making.
Digital footprints don’t go away easily.
Children and teens don’t always make the connection that the choices they make today could impact their future. Because of this, we witness some reckless behaviors across the web. It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to erase records of behaviors because once online, that material is no longer off limits and likely cannot be hidden. Help students set boundaries for online behavior.
This is the world we live in.
Technology isn’t going away. It will continue to grow rapidly. Such growth can be somewhat overwhelming, but incorporating digital citizenship can help students pace themselves with new technologies as they expand their horizons organically.
Multitasking is interfering with attention spans.
We’re becoming a multitasking society. And there is nothing new about multitasking, but the digital age makes it almost unavoidable because there’s always something screaming for our attention. Digital citizenship practices can help students understand how and when to resist the urge to juggle a variety of tasks while checking every social media platform. Their minds are malleable when they’re young, so it’s the perfect time to promote good habits.
Digital citizenship brings with it a heavy connotation. While it might be difficult to determine exactly how it fits into your curriculum, it really comes down to decision-making skills. Life skills are normally incorporated into daily curriculum, so lessons on online behaviors can easily be incorporated at the same time.