The 3 biggest parts of digital citizenship

Digital citizenship has quickly become a cornerstone of a 21st-century education

digital-citizenshipToday’s students are part of a global school. Many take courses online with classmates from all over the country, and often, the world. A growing and essential aspect of this global education is digital citizenship–a growing concept that aims to educate students about the impact of their online and digital actions.

“Digital citizenship is not a bunch of do’s and don’ts–it’s an incredible opportunity to bring to education new perspectives,” said educational futurist Jason Ohler.

Today’s educational leaders must acknowledge digital citizenship’s necessary place in schools, classrooms, and homes.

Parental involvement

Talking to parents and empowering students make up the first key step in digital citizenship education.

“I’m afraid the days of knowing where your kids are at all times are at a close,” Ohler said. “It’s just too easy to hide.”

But one of the most important steps, he said, occurs when parents have great relationships with their children.

“The best thing you can do is to have great relationships with your children, so that they want to talk to you,” Ohler said. “It boils down to having interesting, informative, and heartfelt conversations. It’s our job to keep them thinking and talking. We always want them thinking about this secondary life they’ve adopted.”

(Next page: Two more keys to digital citizenship)

Laura Ascione

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