After a week of diving deep into what digital citizenship is, I was able to explain it to my aunt, who had pretty much no clue what it was. I tried to pull the definition from my brain- "the teaching of what is right and what is not right about the digital world." She was a little confused, so I pulled out my new definition- "the ability for a digital citizen to be prepared, responsible, respectful, and safe as they move through the digital world." I was able to explain Ribble's (2015) nine elements of digital citizenship:
I started this week watching videos from CyberWise (2015) and Bbrandino68 (2010.) These videos let me get the necessary 101 on what digital citizenship was and how I was going to put the nine elements of digital citizenship in place. CyberWise (2015) said that digital citizenship was the rules of the road and the collaboration, connection, and learning community information access. I liked that I could find out what the nine elements were in Bbrandino68's (2010) video, and then I went into detail in Ribble's (2015) book.
With all that I have read, internalized, and reflected on, I realize how critical digital citizenship is. Ohler (2012) commented that digital citizenship is like "character education" for things online and needs to be talked openly, so everyone has a buy-in. I have introduced digital citizenship with four items to my first graders for three years. I have four objects in a bag- padlock, toothbrush, permanent marker, and toothpaste. For the padlock, I explain that it is essential to have passwords, and they need to be strong (I give an example of bank accounts for parents.) For the toothbrush, I tell them not to share their passwords (but I say that it is okay for parents and teachers to know.) For the permanent marker, I tell them whatever they post or write online will be permanent. They need to be careful about what they post because it could hurt others' feelings. For the toothpaste, I tell them that what comes out online is hard to get back in (again- don't say mean things.) These four things are in the category of digital etiquette with digital rights & responsibilities and digital security. One boy in my class told his mom what a toothbrush and toothpaste stood for- this is pretty cool that kids do listen to us, teachers.
Bbrandino68. (2010, December 15). The nine elements of digital ditizenship. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87JiUrWaQVk
CyberWise. (2015, June 10). What Is digital citizenship? Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=OH6869bD8iU
Ohler, J. (2012, April). Digital citizenship means character education for the digital age. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 47(Sup1), 25-27. doi:10.1080/00228958.2011.10516720
Ribble, Mike. Digital citizenship in schools: nine elements all students should know. International Society for Technology in Education, 2015.
What is Digital Citizenship? By Common Sense
How to be a responsible digital citizen?
How to be a prepared digital citizen? (THINK)
How to be a respectful, responsible and safe digital citizen? (video with lesson)