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Digital citizenship lessons from a 9-year-old with 18,000 Twitter followers


Liv is using social media to expand her world view, learn from other experts, and even connect with people she admires.

Liv says she gets ideas from people all over the world from being on Twitter. One of her favorite follows is Kristin Ziemke, a Chicago-area teacher and staff developer. She is selective about who she follows: “I see what they’re passionate about, see what they like, and see if I’m interested in what they’re doing,” she says. “If I am, then I follow them.”

Liv is using social media to expand her world view, learn from other experts, and even connect with people she admires. She is learning about global and digital citizenship by extending her personal learning network online, which is a lesson that applies to both students and educators alike.

2. Even our youngest students can be active on social media if they understand the rules.

Liv credits her mother with teaching her about the rules of good digital citizenship and how to be safe and respectful online. And she has a message for educators who might be concerned about letting their students on social media at an early age: “I think teachers should let kids go on social media,” she says, “not to look at anybody random but to look at authors’ posts to learn more about that author.”

I’m excited to say that Liv will be sharing more about her experience with social media and her insights on digital citizenship at an early age as one of the keynote speakers at the 2017 Building Learning Communities conference in Boston July 26-28. For more information or to register for the conference, click here.

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