Just as there is a need to teach students to use deodorant, appropriate language on the playground, and silent zone procedures in the hallways, teachers have to develop expectations for netiquette. Basically, we, as teachers, need to promote positive digital citizenship. This should be completed at a young age.
Ultimately, teachers and parents can prevent inappropriate issues from occurring all too often, and even save a life. But first, the conversation needs to be started and school policies need to be put into place. Just like in a face-to-face classroom, students need behavioral procedures for working with digital media. Check out the follow links to start thinking about how to teach Digital Citizenship.
Overall, the conversation needs to be started with students. This is a fairly new form of communication, and it should be incorporated within the curriculm. To foster engaging and age appropriate conversations, teachers need to incorporate preventive lessons on Digital Citizenship. However, I bet we will be implementing lessons as a result of unwanted behaviors.
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