Digital citizenship can have a broad definition which importantly implies appropriate behavior related to technology, in other words Digital citizenship is the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use (Mike Ribble). We are living in a technological era which seems like the Internet and technology are playing an important role in people’s minds particularly the younger generation are more encountered with advanced software’s or applications like tweeter or Tik Tok. In addition, I have recently read a survey about finding the use of technology in classrooms like smartphones which are used for noneducational purposes can easily distract almost half of students, while technology in the classroom is unavoidable. Thus, it must be absolutely challenging to minimize disadvantages of digital technology!!
When all is said and done, it seems as a future educator we have a big responsibility to guide our students to make most of the technology without any harm. As per Jason Ohler, children have two lives inside and outside of the school and our job is trying to integrate and balance technology use with the help of nine elements of good citizenship.
For instance, in grade 9, developing thinking and engaging students are utilized in order to make students understand the concept of Mathematics. Topics interest student such as climate change and discrimination can be fulfilled through Digital access, digital communication and collaboration. Not only students understand the important role of themselves as a part of society but they will have this opportunity to exchange their ideas and their perspectives. I remember when I was teaching Mathematics about two years ago, I realized how difficult it is for some students to understand the concept of numbers. Experiencing mathematics through some online applications did help them to think creatively at the end. Moreover, by encouraging students to explore more in social contexts, they will learn how to interact and visualize mathematics lessons.
Furthermore, truth and reconciliation is another Curriculum which should be taken into consideration to say the least. On the other hand, Examining the diversity is an important mission which must be introduced in the class especially in preK & K grade. Sharing traditions and history of Indian children with the help of technology and social media, considering Digital Rights and Responsibility element and trying to help students distinguish between fake and real news can create safe well-being in the digital world.
In conclusion, Digital citizenship is not only about breaking laws, it is also about harms and effects that might bring negative impacts on children’s life. We need more updated resources that can be customized based on students’ needs in today’s world.