Digital Citizenship

Introduction

Welcome to the Parent and Student Information page regarding digital citizenship,  laptop use and take-home policies. Please explore the resources on digital citizenship, digital presence (footprint), cyber-bullying, Fair use and Media Literacy.Although an ongoing program empowering all students in SVRSU 12 is in place, these resources are most effective when parents and students are working together.  Being a digital citizen in the 21st century takes the whole learning community. Thank you for your support.

The stated policies of SVRSU 12 regarding Acceptable Use of the MLTI laptops can be found in the presentation below and in the SVSRU 12 Forms Related to MLTI and Technology Use

Digital Citizenship

Definitions:

“Digital citizenship isn’t just about recognising and dealing with online hazards. It’s about building safe spaces and communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being internet savvy – using your online presence to grow and shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same.” (Digizen)

Digital Citizenship

This is a collection of resources that can be used by educators or students regarding the issue of digital citizenship. Note: the questions used here are targeted primarily at high school students, but many of these questions apply to anyone new to the topic.

Definitions:

“Digital citizenship isn’t just about recognising and dealing with online hazards. It’s about building safe spaces and communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being internet savvy – using your online presence to grow and shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same.” (Digizen)
“A fully literate citizen is at once critically self-reflexive and critically reflexive of his/her collective and position within it.” (Spooner, 2007).

Important Resources:

 


 

Cyberbullying

Questions to Consider:

– What is cyberbullying?
– What are some common forms of cyberbullying?
– How is cyberbullying different from other forms of bullying?
– Do you know of anyone who has been cyberbullied?
– Have you ever acted like a cyberbully, intentionally or otherwise?
– What are the worst things that could happen because of cyberbullying?
– What can we do (teachers, student, administrators, familes) to help stop cyberbullying?

Videos and Links:

What is Cyberbullying (from SACP)
Star Wars Kid (original) & Star Wars Kid (Drunken Jedi Remix)
ABC News Story on Bullying
“Real Life Stories” from Netsmartz
“Let’s Fight It Together” from Digizen
Cyberbullying (Kitchen)
Cyberbullying (Talent Show)
Examples of Cyberbullying
Lessons of Palin’s Email Hack


 

Social Networking

Questions to Consider:

– What are online social networking services?
– Which online social networking services (if any) are you involved in?
– What are some of the popular activities within your online social networks?
– How much time per week do you spend with online social networks?
– Do you connect to online social networks with your mobile devices?
– Are there any dangers involved with online social networking (privacy, stalking, professionalism, etc.)
– What do you think about teachers or parents being a part of your online social network?

Videos and Links:

Social Networking Wars
Social Networks in Plain English
Trendspotting: Social Networks
Roger’s Wireless Commercial
Internet Crash (the Onion)


 

Online Safety & Ethics

Questions to Consider:

– What are some of the personal dangers associated with the Internet?
– What are some ways to optimize personal safety?
– How can you keep your information safe on social networks?
– Will the things you post online matter to you in the future?

Videos and Links:

Klicksafe “Where’s Klaus?”
– “Children See, Children Do”
“Everyone Knows your Name”
“Think Before You Post”
Virtual Global Taskforce
“Everyone Knows your Name”
“Think Before You Post”
What is Cyberbullying (from SACP)
Star Wars Kid (original) & Star Wars Kid (Drunken Jedi Remix)
ABC News Story on Bullying
“Real Life Stories” from Netsmartz
“Let’s Fight It Together” from Digizen
Cyberbullying (Kitchen)
Cyberbullying (Talent Show)
Examples of Cyberbullying
CyberSmart – Lessons (K-8)
Think You Know (5-7)
Think You Know (8-10)
Privacy Playground


 

Critical Media Literacy

 

Questions to Consider:

– Do you think that you are influenced by the media, and if so, in what ways?
– What are differences and similarities between mainstream media and democratic media?
– What are ways of combating the influences of media?

Videos and Links:

Dove Onslaught
Prison Thriller vs. Prison Thriller “The Truth”
The Pit Breakup (language warning)
Bride Has Massive Hair Wigout

 

Cyber Bullying

Definition: Cyber bullying or online bullying) is a term used to refer to bullying over electronic media, usually through instant messaging and email. Other terms for cyberbullying are electronic bullying, electronic harassment, e-bullying, SMS bullying, mobile bullying, online bullying, digital bullying, or Internet bullying. (Wikipedia)

Creative Commons Licensed Flickr photo by Wentong

Introductory Links
CommonSenseMedia page on Cyber Bullying

Video on Digizen from the UK

 

Discussion:

Examples of CyberBullying
Bring Social Networks to School?

Key Resources:

WiredSafety.org – Great site for many Internet Safety issues, and includes StopCyberbullying.org.
Cyberbulling.ca – Great Canadian resource for cyberbulling.
StopCyberbullying @ Ning – A social network you can join to learn more about cyberbullying, or to connect with people who can help you.
Tolerance.org – Fight Hate and Promote Tolerance
KidsHelpPhone – Great resource for those being bullied, threatened or harassed.
2Learn.ca – Various resources from Alberta.
StopCyberbullying Ning: A social network for cyberbullying resources.
Addressing Cyberbullying in Schools: Article from Wes Fryer
Growing Up Online – Documentary from PBS
Adinas Deck– Solving Cyberbullying Mysteries
Digizen.org – Great digital citizenship resources from the UK.
Teach Digital – Wes Fryer’s Cyberbullying Wiki
Cyberbullying.us – American Clearinghouse for Cyberbullying News

Digital Footprint

 

Fair Use

This document helps educators who use media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. This guide identifies five principles that represent the media literacy education community’s current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials, wherever and however it occurs: in K–12 education, in higher education, in nonprofit organizations that offer programs for children and youth, and in adult education.Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under
some circumstances—especially when the cultural or social benefits of the use are predominant.
It is a general right that applies even in situations where the law provides no specific authorization for the use in question—as it does for certain narrowly defined classroom activities.
“Schoolhouse Rock” style music video introduces the concept of transformativeness.
What’s Copyright?
Another music video for exploring copyright and fair use.
Fair Use in Elementary Education.
Video showcases media literacy learning in elementary and the use of Google images in a media production project.
Applying Fair Use in Digital Learning.
Video showcases use of high schoolers’ use of science images in a digital learning project.
Fair Use and the Development of Multimedia Curriculum Materials.
Video showcases educators’ use of Newsweek magazine covers to create a media literacy curriculum about U.S involvement in Middle East.

Portions of this page adapted under Creative Commons License from Dr. Alec Courosa

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