Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tool # 11

Digital Citizenship is a new age form of manners. Just as important as it is to teach children manners, safety, and simple "getting along" techniques - we now need to emphasis the importance of rolling those lessons over into all the things they do with the computer. Teaching 1st grade, I think we need to focus on Safety. I would use the comparison of not talking to a stranger, and that on the computer there are lots of strangers. In that same path of thinking, I would emphasis that passwords should not be shared - like their lunch number, if you were to give out your number others could by lunch or check out books on your account. Lastly, I think it is very important for children at an early age to learn that what they type is there for anyone to see. Constantly reminding to make good choices. I really see this as an extension of socialization with our classmates and take it very serious.


  1. I agree with needing to teach digital citizenship to our first graders. So many of our kiddos come in with a vast knowledge of technology but many times they do not know how to use it safely. I think it's our job as teachers to help them learn good choices when it comes to technology.

  2. Ashley, manners, safety, privacy, and thinking before posting/typing/sending are three excellent points. I want to focus on digital citizenship during September. Let's do this!

    In addition, I think we need to include parents in our digital citizenship and online safety piece.

    Way to go on completing your 11 Tools! I am here to help you, so please ask. Looking forward to "Learning on the Wild Side" with you in 2010-2011!

    I can hardly wait to see your paper mache tree!