Most digital natives must already have been using computers and digital devices for years by the time they enter high school. Most adults who did not grow up with tablets and laptops do not know what reasons these young ones use these devices and assume it is for their own terms and their own reasons. This presents challenges to educators because they have the task of teaching these young ones the curriculum while helping them to transition to be good digital citizens. It is a challenge to raise good digital citizens but the outcomes when done successfully is rewarding. The author then states a 6 step digital citizenship plan that is implemented in his district for digital natives. The first step is to start with creating and implementing an agreement for Responsible Technology use. This was enshrined in a 30 day course that was created for the students. The course was designed specifically to help students to think critically, behave safely, and be responsible participants in the digital world. The second step is to place a focus on digital etiquette, respect and safety. Other steps are outlined in the blog.
- Start your digital citizenship plan with a Responsible Technology Agreement use for the students.
- The Responsible Technology Use agreement includes educating students about digital citizenship and how to keep themselves safe.
- Educators need to train students about how to leave a positive digital footprint as they transition into adulthood.
“They use these tools on their own terms and for their own reasons, many of which aren’t readily apparent to older adults who didn’t grow up with tablets and mobile phones in hand.”