Teens and Technology – Citizenship and Research Links

For those looking for some information on how to teach kids about good digital citizenship, here are some links and articles that can offer some good direction.

This article from MindShift has some great external links to resources relating to Citizenship, Cyberbullying, and teaching. There are also many resources for parents, teachers and students that will help to continue to shed light on the subject. As technology use becomes more pervasive, it is ever important to educate ourselves and our students on what is and is not appropriate use. Please take a moment to read and get on board: http://mindshift.kqed.org/2012/03/teaching-and-modeling-good-digital-citizenship/ .

“Teens are savvier than we might give them credit for when it comes to knowing their privacy boundaries on social networking sites. According to a recent Pew Internet study, 62% of teens surveyed said their posts can only be seen by friends, and 19% said that their profile is “partially private so that friends of friends or their networks can see some version of their profile.”

Still, digital citizenship entails more than just protecting oneself. Incidents of cyberbullying and harassment continue to occur regularly, and some states are taking drastic measures to stop kids from harmful behavior like sexting — in South Carolina, kids age 12 to 17 who “transmit sexually explicit photos” may be fined $100 if a bill is passed.

Somewhere between kids’ intuitive social savvy and their online behavior lies an opportunity for both parents and educators to teach responsible digital citizenship, and there are plenty of organizations dedicated to this task alone. Define the Line, a project of McGill University in Canada, was recently awarded a digital citizenship grant by Facebook to help further its work in creating materials to open dialogue about finding the line where joking crosses into negative or criminal behavior. The site includes videos and scenarios designed to enhance discussion of real-world digital topics.

Common Sense Media recently launched a free digital citizenship curriculum categorized by age. The curriculum includes both paper-based and digital activities and teaches online safety andInternet research skills in combination with ethics. CyberWise offers resources to help adults be more tech savvy so they can understand the power of the tools their kids are using and do a better job of helping their kids make smart choices online.

The Department of Education’sNetcetera handbook is another resource for parents that schools distribute.

About Jonathan Jarc

Jon is the Educational Technologist at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland. Jon's specialty is working with teachers to solve classroom problems with technology. He has been teaching technology, art and design for 13 years. Subscribe to the posts on this site or follow us on Twitter @trendingedtech.