Using technology to support the learning process is a given in the day-to-day life of an educator. As online resources and technology are incorporated into classroom lessons and activities, teachers model digital citizenship and mold the future habits and routines of students.
We want students to recognize that every move they make online is part of their digital footprint and that they have a choice as to whether their digital footprint will be a positive one or a negative one.
Educators can help students develop good digital citizenship habits by introducing a variety of positive ways to connect with others online. For example, teachers should demonstrate how to write and share social media posts that are interesting, concise and respectful of others. These types of efforts show students how they can be proactive and empowered digital citizens and maintain a positive digital footprint.
Common Sense Media has many other ideas and resources about digital citizenship that are categorized by grade level. Check out this handout: "4 Ways to Get Started Teaching Digital Citizenship."
Happy Digital Citizenship Week!