Digital Citizenship

guest post by Tracy Watanabe


Today we talked about digital citizenship and Internet safety. We talked about being members of our physical community and members of a digital community. In both communities, we have expectations for being a good citizen and being safe.

Some of the safety and citizenship expectations students knew were:

  1. Keep your personal information safe, such as your full name, address, phone number, etc.
  2. Don’t post or comment about where people can find you. For example, don’t share that you will be at soccer practice from 7:00-8:00 tonight at the park.
  3. Be respectful and polite online.
  4. Since blog comments are like friendly letters, we should follow the friendly letter format.
What’s our next step?
  1. Watch a BrainPOP Online Safety video to see what we can add to our list.
  2. Visit one of these blogs and decide how well they follow Internet safety and digital citizenship rules:

What do you think we should add to our Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship expectations?

What did you notice/learn from investigating the above blogs?

What have you learned from this discussion/post, and what questions do you still have?

3 thoughts on “Digital Citizenship

  1. Dear Mrs. Watanabe,

    Thank you, Mrs. Watanabe, for coming to our class and teaching us about digital safety and blogging. You are very informed about blogging, and it was nice of you to share what you know with us.

    We have learned that you can get kicked off the internet if you are mean to other people in blogs or online. Also, it is important to be a good citizen just like as if you were in person. Another thing we learned is that we need to keep some information private, like our last name, phone number, email address, home address, password, and birthday.

    One question we have for you is: If we knew that we were talking online or on a blog, could we give out our private information to them? Also, do you have any other digital safety tips that you could give us?

    Thank you so much for volunteering your time to help us become safe and aware digital citizens.

    Mrs. Fraher’s class

    • Dear Mrs. Fraher’s class,

      It was such a joy to come to your room today! You were great listeners and learners. You have a really strong class community, which helps foster great discussions such as the ones we had today… and continue to have here on your blog.

      You’ve asked two great questions. The first question was, ” If we knew that we were talking online or on a blog, could we give out our private information to them?” My short answer is no, that’s not a good idea. The long answer will be explained in the next few paragraphs.

      When you are talking online, you should keep your private information safe, even if you know the person face-to-face. For example, some of you met me before today, while others of you met me today for the first time. Even though you know I’m a safe person, you should still keep your private information safe online because others can also view our conversation. Chat rooms can still be viewed by others, and emails can easily be forwarded to others. Yet, when in doubt ask a parent or teacher to help you decide if it’s a safe choice.

      Here’s another example, if you were having a conversation with a friend, maybe a good friend from school, you wouldn’t post private information about where you live because others could read it. Instead, you could pick up the phone to talk so others won’t read those details.

      If you’ve never met the person face-to-face before, but you have developed a good friendship through blogging (or anywhere online), you need to keep in mind that your teacher or a parent is still moderating the conversation. Those are conversations with “strangers” that are okay to have because a parent or teacher is there watching the conversation.

      Remember how we talked about my being okay with my daughter talking to strangers in the grocery store line because she’s standing with me? That was okay because I’m there too. However, it would be a different scenario if I was not aware of the conversation. On the Internet, we follow the same thought process. Always make sure a parent or teacher is aware of the conversation, and keep personal information private. If you aren’t sure if it’s okay to share particular information, your parent or teacher can help you decide if it’s safe or not.

      Some more tips that I would like to share are a few videos or websites about Internet Safety. Here’s another BrainPOP Jr. video to watch about Internet Safety. Here’s other videos called, “Learn with Clicky” from NetSmartz Kids. The last site is from Edublogs about Internet Safety with blogging. This one is written to teachers and parents, but I wanted to add that to this list because it has fabulous information.

      Thanks for asking such important questions! I enjoyed our conversations about digital citizenship and blogging both in person and on your class blog. I was wondering, what of this information do you plan on sharing with your families? How can you teach your parents or guardians about writing safe comments on your class blog?

      I look forward to hearing your responses, as well as all that you’ll learn through your blogging journey!

      Happy blogging!

      Kind regards,
      Mrs. Watanabe

  2. I like the book The Marsh mellow incident,because I like the part when it rained marsh mellows!I liked our marsh mellow party too!

    I like when we planted flowers because it was so much fun and I also because I loved what it looked like when it was done!

    I liked making the huge flower diagram because I also looked awesome when it was done!

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