Keeping students updated on digital skills is vital so that they do not incorporate any lousy behavior from social media, which has an adverse effect.
FREMONT, CA: A common expression that students or adults are hurled with on their online posts is, ‘think before making any irrelevant posts on social media.’ Students often have the habit of feeling invincible once they are in front of the screens. The feeling helps children in expressing themselves openly but also makes them vulnerable to bullying and inapt behavior online.
In present-day digital citizenship is identified as an essential skill set by teachers and parents alike and educating pupils to control their online behavior is equally important. A few tips to consider before integrating digital citizenship into teaching practice are:
Make Digital Citizenship Age-Appropriate
As students start contouring their digital footprints form the elementary school, it is vital to start the digital engagement early and have it more often. Early conversation indicates that the interaction is made suitable for an online experience and offline maturity that the students have. Once pupils are grown-up and have access to their social media accounts, educators can start exploring the positive and negative points shaping their identity.
Assimilate Digital Citizenship into the Curriculum
Since much of the life events are posted on social media, it becomes crucial for institutions to integrate digital citizenship across the curriculum. For instance, when approaching a subject expert to get help on a concept, then students must be educated on the importance of writing emails suitable for the intended audience.
Prize and Model Good Behavior
If children have access to a smart device, then teachers need to be watchful of students’ positive posts along with making sure the tools are not used for bullying. For instance, granting access to digital resources like games for a student’s appropriate online behavior and restricting it for meaningful interaction.
Educators can involve students in making rules, which include topics related to the effect of posting online content. By engaging the pupils in the discussion and by participating them in setting up the standards will have a lasting impact on their digital behavior.