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Digital Citizenship Week 2018 – how to be a super digital citizen


Every year, on the third week of October, it’s Digital Citizenship Week! It’s all about how to be safe online, being smart when using technology and teaching your students about how to think, behave and act online.

Digital citizenship can often be delivered as standalone modules from providers such as Common Sense Media, but Digital Citizenship Week is the week to show your real commitment and gives you an opportunity to consider how it can be integrated into everyday lessons.

For example, you see someone being bullied at school: how would you approach this if you saw someone being bullied online? Would you report it? Ignore it? Approach it in a different way to someone being bullied offline? These are the things students need to learn in order to be a super digital citizen.

4 things students learnt this Digital Citizenship Week

what is a digital footprint?

Simply put, think about all the websites you’ve visited, emails you’ve sent, games you’ve played, social media sites you’ve posted on in the last 24 hours? Now think about this for the last week, last month, even the last year. All of these contribute to your digital footprint and make you identifiable online. Understanding that each and every person has a digital footprint enables students to think about what they’re accessing, sharing and making public online.

what’s real and what’s fake?

Not everything you read online is real, but sometimes it can be tricky to know what’s true and what’s not. In recent years the phenomenon of fake news or deliberate misinformation has caused issues not only for individuals, but nationwide. It spreads like wildfire, particularly with the use of social media. As students start to be more active online, it’s important they have strong critical literacy skills. Identifying sources that are reliable and credible must be engraved into students in order for them to develop into a super digital citizen.

what is online safety?

Online safety is all about navigating, accessing and using the internet safely. Think about the ways you stay safe online: ask your students, do you keep your passwords secret? Do you have private social media accounts and only accept friend requests from people you know? Do you keep your computer updated to avoid viruses and spyware? If they’ve answered yes, they’re on route to being a super digital citizen.

But there can be online dangers that can’t always be avoided, such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content and even child abuse. Having knowledge of these online dangers will ensure your students act responsibly when in contact with these, see infographic below for more details.

the difference between good and bad choices online

After learning all of the above, students should be able to differentiate between good and bad choices online. Sharing your password, posting unreliable sources of information, ignoring cyberbullying – these are all considered bad choices online. Delving into these bad choices further helps students to understand how this decision can affect them in the future and encourages them to be safe online.

how Impero Education Pro supports digital citizenship

Being able to turn your students into a super digital citizen and how to be safe online is our goal. We work with expert organizations and charities to help teach students about online dangers and how to act responsibly online. Watch this video to learn more.

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