How can Digital Citizenship Evolve?

Today’s students are more technologically savvy than any generation before them. As a quick aside, I have been thinking about my major project and how to incorporate Snapchat into the classroom so I took the question to my students. Immediately, they provided me with numerous ideas and scenarios for me to access Snapchat in a safe and meaningful way.


[Let’s embrace Snapchapt as a teaching tool and not let it scare us]

However, one key idea that we need to remember is that even though our students may be technologically superior to us, they still are young people who occasionally make mistakes and need to understand the repercussions of their actions. As Alec and Katia’s blog pointed out, the appetite for shaming anyone who has made a mistake remains hungrier than ever. Therefore, I want to teach my students to become more digitally conscious moving forward.

As Robyn Shulman points out, “Digital Citizenship is more than just a curriculum to be taught in a classroom; it is an ongoing process to prepare youth for a society immersed in technology, personally and professionally.” Digital Citizenship is not something that can be placed in a box, taught for one week and put away. It needs to be a lifelong commitment if we to best prepare our students for the future.

So what does digital citizenship look like going forward? I believe it is a combination of a need to embrace the technological knowledge our students possess while still reminding them of the dangers they face and the potential repercussions if they are not mindful.


2 thoughts on “How can Digital Citizenship Evolve?

  1. Enjoyed your post Kyle (snapchat gif was haunting)! I’m curious as to what you mean about “digitally conscious”, I’m sure I can infer from context, but it’s definitely a phrase worth exploring even as a lesson or series of lessons when pursuing digital citizenship in the classroom.

    The “ongoing process” piece really resonated with me as well! Keep up the good work!


  2. The Shulman quote is really important, and precisely why digital citizenship isn’t simply a curriculum that you can simply integrate and walk-away from. There needs to be a real commitment – a partnership between teachers, parents, and students – to really take this up in a consistent and long-term manner.


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