Students in high school need internet licenses. Let’s start earlier than that–students in grade four need internet licenses. In the last year, with a fellow administrator, we have talked about the idea of having an introductory course for students (in gr. 7, at our 7-12 school) to complete prior to getting access to the internet.
In learning about common sense media’s Digital Citizenship curriculum that “are designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world” (Common Sense Media, 2014), I am excited about talking to other principals about the possibility of introducing this as a preventative measure of eliminating poor internet decision making in teens.
Classrooms, across Alberta, from grades four to seven could implement this curriculum as a starting point for students as they enter the digital world more. From a broader perspective, it might be an idea for Alberta Education to add or promote the curriculum for implement in all Alberta Classrooms (grade four to seven).
From a learning perspective, teachers would need to continue to maintain a pulse on the direction and depth of youth interaction in online environments. This presents a challenge to teachers as they already have a demand to maintain professional learning in their specific content area. As a leader, establishing a PLN (professional learning network) through social media could create opportunities for questions, resources, and success stories of implement Digital Citizenship programs.
Considering these points, could high school modules be created for students to renew or re-examine digital citizenship principles for credit, similar to CALM or Career Prep?
Digital Literacy & Citizenship Classroom Curriculum. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2015, from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/curriculum
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