February 10, 2015 is marked as Safer Internet Day: an annual international event organized by InSafe to help promote safer and more responsible use of online technologies. MediaSmarts.ca is a Canadian website that teachers should know about. It continually updates Digital Citizenship information for students of all ages and contains lessons, games, and information for all grade levels.
In my opinion, being a responsible digital citizen is one of the most important lessons you can teach your students. Beginning in the primary grades, students learn to be responsible citizens among their peers and in the school community but by grade 4 some students may already be shaping their digital identity. We would be remiss to not give equal time to modelling and teaching responsible digital citizenship.
Think Before you Share is a great poster download with information about “your own stuff,” “other people’s stuff,” and “fixing things if they go wrong.” Timely information for many students who are regularly posting everything about their daily life onto Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We are all working with our students on the internet and part of that learning includes being responsible with the information.