Resources for Strengthening Awareness of Digital Citizenship
The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, caregivers, and young people to strengthen their awareness and understanding of digital citizenship and encourages technology users to be responsible DIGItal citiZENS. The site shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and ways these issues relate to and affect their own and other people’s online experiences and behaviors. Students can explore games, films, and more. For example, they can view an award-winning film that helps to sensitize people to the hurt and pain that cyberbullying can cause. They can play the Digizen game to personalize and reinforce their learning about cyberbullying. Or they can explore social networking profiles to see if they can spot safe and unsafe choices. Students will also discover information and findings on the phenomenon of social networking, along with ways to use social networking sites and social media sites creatively and safely. Digizen’s social networking section provides tips for evaluating online resources, as well as helpful advice and ideas for promoting safe social networking. The section also shares examples of how social networks can and are being used in schools, at home, and on mobiles worldwide to support informal and formal learning.
NPR invites students around the country to create a podcast and then—with the help of a teacher—compete for a chance to win NPR’s grand prize and have their work featured on national public radio. This contest is for teachers with students between grades 5 and 12.
Educators and students are invited to join members of the DigCitCommit Coalition and education communities worldwide on February 11 and 12, 2020, for a freeVirtual Congress that will connect them with other students and educators who are successfully modeling the five competences of digital citizenship—inclusive, informed, engaged, balanced, alert.