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Tips for Encouraging Good Digital Citizenship in the Classroom
There are plenty of creative ways you can cultivate good online digital citizenship in students. Here are seven tips for encouraging good digital citizenship in the classroom:
- Remind students that it’s very hard to erase information on the internet, so they should be extra careful about what information and opinions they make public.
- Create a student etiquette guide for online behavior that teaches students how to “play nice” on the internet.
- Teach students about online “stranger danger” since it’s very easy for online users to pretend to be who they are not.
- Make sure students understand the difference between sharing and stealing online content. While it may feel like anything on the internet is up for grabs, copyright and intellectual property laws protect almost all online content.
- Use online forums or social media networks to facilitate student discussions so students have a safe space to practice good digital citizenship.
- Ensure your students know how to identify a “troll” — an online user whose goal is to provoke others or derail conversations — so they can avoid engaging with them.
- Encourage students to step away from phone and computer screens during family dinners and when hanging out with friends; offline relationships are just as important as online ones!