I’ve always been pretty aware of digital citizenship. I went to middle school and high school in Cody, Wyoming and they gave each students their own laptop to use throughout the school year. We started getting our laptops from 6th grade on. So, as early as the age of 11, I was hounded about digital citizenship.
I was always taught that everything that you put online is permanent, even if it has been deleted. One of the websites I looked at had some awesome ideas on how to make sure students understand how permanent the things you put on the internet are. The teacher made a “Digital Citizenship Survival Pack”. In the pack, he had a padlock, toothbrush, permanent marker, and toothpaste. Each item in the survival pack represented a different aspect of digital citizenship. The padlock reminds the students to set a strong password for all of their devices and different websites. The toothbrush reminds students that you never want to share passwords like you never want to share a toothbrush. The permanent marker represents the fact that everything you post online is permanent. Finally, the toothpaste shows that what you put online is like a tube of toothpaste because once you put it online, it’s hard to ever take back; like once you squeeze toothpaste out of a tube, it’s almost impossible to put back in the way it was.
Another thing that I believe is super important about digital citizenship is cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is a terrible thing, that a ton of people suffer through. I think a lot of people use it as an outlet to be mean to people that they would never have to nerve to do face-to-face. It is so easy to be someone you are not online because you don’t have the pressure of actually having to deal with the consequences. I was always told to think hard about what you’re going to post, and if it’s something you wouldn’t say to your grandma, it is not something that you should post online for anyone to see. More students than you would think are bullied over the internet, and a lot of the time parents and teachers don’t even know about it. As a future teacher, that will be using technology in her classroom, I want to do everything I can to make sure that my students aren’t getting bullied and I’m going to make sure they feel safe online!