In today’s society, using technology is a given; knowing how to use it appropriately is the issue for learners of all ages. This is common ground for digital immigrants (adults) and natives (children) alike. Digital Citizenship, the process of being safe, savvy and respectful online is crucial in the connected world of today.
The Grade 5 students at GWA recently took part in a Digital Citizenship presentation in order to help enhance their skills for the PYP Exhibition and their social online communication. Students took part in interactive activities highlighting the importance of the digital footprint as well as the importance of thinking before one posts or sends (Stop: Think: Click).
Concluding the presentation, students were asked to take part in an online survey with their parents in order to promote the importance of Digital Citizenship. The recent student survey indicated that over 48% of students use their personal computer or device in their bedroom. Parents are under the impression that since students have a greater understanding of technology, that they will also make good choices and decisions online which we know for the most part, without proper guidance, is not the case. For these reasons, it is essential that parents and teachers (digital immigrants) are given the skills to continue to model responsibility, safety and respect online. To have a snapshot of the student survey, take a look at the results here.
For more information, useful links, practical advice and suggestions please visit our GWA Digital Citizenship website or ‘like’ our Digital Citizenship Facebook Page.