Being a good digital citizen means that an online user has the knowledge and skills necessary to use digital tech for communication, participation in society, and the creation and consumption of digital content.
Before we allow children to use the internet, it is our responsibility to educate them to be savvy online users so that they don’t become part of the problem. We see a lot of cyberbullying, invasion of privacy, and a lot of oversharing of private information online that puts children and others in danger.
Here is a list of examples highlighting the traits and behaviors of a good digital citizen:
When my kids were around 10 years old, they started asking for a smartphone. Specifically, for an iPhone.
They did what all kids do. They were consistent with asking.
My older daughter even wrote me a letter stating all of the reasons why she NEEDED to have one.
She made promises and tried to convince me that she would be the happiest child in the world if she had a phone.
I said NO.
My intent was to keep them off social media and overall off the internet as much and as long as possible. But, their schools kept gearing them to use online tools for them to do their homework and projects.
That frustrated me and it didn’t help me.
But I persisted and continued to educate myself in case I was being unreasonable.
As they got older they earned the privilege to use it. But, it was not without a lot of discussions and even a contract. That contract included an agreement about how to use it, what to report, and that they would...
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