Week 3: Should Schools be Required to Teach Digital Citizenship?

June 10, 2012

With the way things have been changing the last 10 years or so when it comes to kids having social networks, we should be able to teach children digital citizenship. Why? There are so many reasons, but here the top reasons why:

  1. Cyber bullying: Almost everyday, kids are bullied at school for whatever reason. But it doesn’t end there. Now, kids can be picked on over the internet (Facebook, myspace, twitter, etc.). Sometimes it gets so out of control that it becomes painful for the victims even to the point of death. Every year, there’s always a teenager committing suicide as the result of cyber bullying. These bullies don’t understand the consequences of their words, but possibly don’t even care. Don’t believe me? Take a look at these articles:

http://www.covenanteyes.com/2012/01/17/bullying-statistics-fast-facts-about-cyberbullying/

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/TheLaw/teens-charged-bullying-mass-girl kill/story?id=10231357#.T9RA2bBfE4Q@

2.  To Teach Students What to Post and What Not to Post: We all understand that kids will do stupid things.        But what happens when they post things on the internet such as inappropriate pictures, say the most controversial things, etc.? They could hurt them in the future whether they’re looking for a job, etc. Here some resources that proves my point:

http://www.whoswatchingcharlottesville.org/social.html

http://youtu.be/SCaKuAdKumA (just a funny, but to the point reason to watch out what you post)

http://www.microsoft.com/security/family-safety/kids-social.aspx

I’m sure there’s more out there, so I might post more later. But overall, we should be able to teach kids how to be a digital citizen

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