Teaching Students to be Better Digital Citizens

A November 20, 2011 article in USA Today sheds light on the growing trend for educational organizations to provide courses for Internet etiquette and safety. Many schools not only are incorporating Internet safety into lesson plans but also including online safety courses that covers topics like cyberbullying, plagiarism and online “ethical behavior.

“All of the drama, all of the growing up, all of the growing pains, all of the things we know happen in high school now also happen digitally,” says Chris Lehmann of Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy. “Think of every mistake you made as a teenager. Now imagine making that mistake in a permanent public forum.”

New findings show that even young children spend time online. A national survey released in October by Common Sense Media found that 41% of children 8 and younger have access to a smartphone and 13% have spent time on social networking sites and virtual worlds.  The challenge that many schools are addressing is teaching kids that what they say or do online can have an immediate, profound impact on others as well as their own future.

Read the entire article at USA Today.com.

As children grow more and more tech savvy, bullying and character education issues have grown more complex.  Many schools and youth organizations are implementing programs to help children develop the necessary skills to address bullying and cyberbullying – as the bully, the victim, and the bystander.  Furthermore, character education programs have expanded in many schools to include students’ “digital footprint.”  If your organization has a successful bullying or character education program in place, let us know.  We’d love to hear from you.

Schoodoodle.com carries a wide variety of bullying postersbooks, and other conflict resolution and character education resources that help parents and teachers address bullying in the classroom.

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