Educating Students About Online Interactions and Safety
Teachers have long understood the importance of instilling good citizenship in students, focusing on social etiquette, and how to treat people with respect. Now, the importance of digital citizenship is just as important. Teachers should educate on how to stay safe online, from cyberbullying to phishing to navigating the plethora of online news.
Students look to teachers for media literacy.
The Internet is vast and the information that students read may not always be accurate or reliable. With students getting their news from educators and trusting it implicitly, media literacy becomes even more important. Students should be taught to read across multiple sources and compare, rather than read from one source and go with it.
Explain the consequences of digital actions.
Teachers should aim to tie lessons on digital citizenship into earning a digital license to use classroom technology. In other words, safety should be taught continuously throughout the year, rather than approached in one session. The key part of digital etiquette is understanding copyright laws and plagiarism when using online sources for school projects.
Understand privacy and security standards.
There is an abundance of regulations that schools must follow to make sure student data is protected when tech tools are used. As schools implement more education technology and services that gather sensitive data, it’s important to make sure that everyone in the community is aware of the security issues. Data must be kept private and secure and browsers should be kept child-safe by blocking suspicious and inappropriate sites.
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