Voltaire once wrote, “With great power comes great responsibility” (Stan Lee lifted the phrase for his comic book, Spider-Man, in 1962).

These days, whenever I think about this quote, technology and social media come concurrently to mind. We live in a world where we all possess the ability to express great power every time we sit down in front of a computer, or gaze into a screen… and increasingly in the palm of our hand. We all have the ability to broadcast our thoughts and learn from the thoughts of others, in real-time, across the globe.

Many of us have done a great job of harnessing this power, but should keep in mind the responsibility of using it wisely. What we say and do online leaves a digital footprint behind us, and this foot print could be both positive or negative.

 

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As educators, I (and the educational technology team)  believe we have a duty to set an example of positive action, online, for out students to follow. We need to be role models on the Internet as well in In-class. Tweeting beneficial information to our followers,staying positive on Facebook, and truly representing ourselves in a professional fashion on all social media is important. Equally as important is demonstrating and teaching our students that they should do the same, online. At Pine Crest we embody the spirit of developing Character in our student’s daily lives. As much of their day is spent online, It is important that all educators keep in mind how the can help foster our students’ “digital citizenship” skills, as well as their offline citizenship skills. Pine Crest is now beginning the process of talking to students about how they should consider conducting themselves, while online. The Department of Educational Technology is hoping that you too will join us in this task.

image source :http://www.nisd.net/digitalcitizen/images/Digital_Citizen.jpg

 

One of the greatest web resources for teaching Digital Citizenship is :

http://www.commonsensemedia.org

 

Common Sense Media has everything from informational terminology, movie/media reviews, and a full scope and sequence for grades K-12, for teaching Digital Citizenship in your classrooms.

I would encourage all teachers who are interested in helping our students become strong citizens in our physical community to explore how they can teach our students to become empowered digital citizens.

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Please check back in the coming weeks for more articles covering the emerging area of digital citizenship education.

 

 

 

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