Why do you teach five year olds about digital citizenship?

Some children have a digital footprint before birth,  pictures of  scans pops up on social networking sites, photographs and video clips follow. Children should be aware of their online presence. Most importantly they should be creating  a positive online presence.

What is a digital footprint?

Your digital footprint is all the digital communication you place on the internet. Children need to be aware that information shared, stays. Inappropriate pictures and comments remain and others can find them. Like wise, your greatness can  be researched by others! Employers and universities regularly check people’s online presense. So digital footprint should be as positive as possible.

How can I monitor my digital footprint and that of my family?

It will not be possible to monitor every area of your child’s electronic life. We need to work together to help children understand and build a positive online presence. We talk about their rights and responsibilities when they are online. Your values as a family off line are the values you promote online. There is no difference.

KP, digital citizens.

The children are very aware, through comments and the cluster map, that the “whole world” is looking at their blog. This generally means when they ask for things to go on the blog they  make a supreme effort to ensure high quality work. Tasha wrote an outstanding post about twitter and literacy development, please take time to read it.

Now we respond to other peoples blogs and send tweet messages we have been discussing the kind of messages we should sent. We started our conversation by discussing messages we like to receive. We decided these are the messages we should be sending to others.

Safety Online
A message from a parent.
On our walk home XXXXX told me that he had a “tweeting account” at school. And that he had an important password to protect it.  So we did have a short talk, but then I asked him if someone responded to him and asked him where he lives, would he tell that person?  And he said ‘yes”.  So then we had another talk about safety.  Thanks for giving XXXXX the openings for these important conversations that sometimes get lost in the busy-ness of our days!
Only write down what you would say to someone face to face.
Some children have responded to tweets from followers, in our group sharing time. They wanted to say wonderful five year old things like, “I love you.” We talked about whether you would go up to someone in the street and say that, “No!” they all said. A simple, but powerful message, write down what you would tell someone face to face.
If anything makes you feel uncomfortable online tell a grown up. This
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3 thoughts on “Why do you teach five year olds about digital citizenship?

  1. Have you compiled a list of digital citizenship topics/lessons that are appropriate for 5 year olds? I’m a technology specialist in a K-5 school. I teach digital citizenship lessons for students 7 years old and up, but I would be interested in developing some lessons for the younger students.

  2. Thank you for your comment.
    I don’t have specific topics or lessons. I have blogged about whatever we have done
    Online safety
    creative Commons
    children’s growing awareness of their ability to post to a blog and share “with the whole world.”

    I will keep blogging when I come up with more!


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