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#DigCit Tweet Chat

We’ve marked our calendars for 5:00 pm (PST), February 6, to join Illinois #FutureReady librarian and author Kristen Mattson for the #michED Tweet chat on digital citizenship.

Tweet chats are public conversations, via Twitter, connected by a unique hashtag (#). No matter where you are teaching, digital citizenship conversations have much in common. In fact, many of our best #digcit resources have come from fellow educators outside our district. Likewise, lessons and resources we’ve created have been shared nationally and even globally.

If you haven’t participated in a Tweet chat before, we can promise you it’s a fast-moving hour. For that reason, we’re drafting our responses to Kristen’s seven questions (see graphic below) in advance so we can fully focus on the chat.

Each of the seven chat questions invites discussion at a global, national, district or school site level, starting with Q1. The challenge is to limit your answers to 280 characters (the maximum number of characters allowed by Twitter).

Q1: To help develop a shared understanding of ‘digital citizenship’ as a concept, please complete this sentence:

I want my students to be digital citizens who can/are ____________.

A1: We want our students to be digital citizens who are ready and willing to confront hate speech & other acts of intolerance by crossing the line from bystander to upstander, changing school culture and climate where/when needed. #michED

Q2: Who “owns” digital citizenship lessons in your school or district? When/where are students receiving these lessons?

A2: We are starting to see a shift in our district from #DigCit being taught as stand alone lessons during advisory period or computer lab time to a more integrated approach. We are also reaching out to see if/how other districts hold students accountable for #digcit. #michED

Q3: A lot of digital citizenship curriculum focuses on personal behaviors over skill development. What are some of the skills digital citizens need to be successful in global communities? How are you helping students gain those skills?

A3: Using technology to take student voices beyond the classroom and zip code is exciting. Today through blogging, videoconferencing, VoiceThreading, etc., students can effectively read, write and communicate with authentic audiences on topics they care about. #michED

Q4: Digital citizens should have opportunities to explore digital ethics. For example, “Should the government be able to access data collected by private companies?” What areas of digital ethics do you think students should explore?

A4: Although protecting online privacy is one of four main themes for our district #digcit program, this year we’re putting a focus on protecting student data privacy. The sample question is a great one to spark classroom conversations and drive interest-based research. #michED

Q5: A hot topic in digital citizenship right now is balance. How do you balance time online and off? What does “balance” mean to you? How might you help students reflect on their digital practices and achieve a healthy balance?

A5: We’re trying to find that balance ourselves. If we were in the classroom, we might share a “screen time diet” plan, starting with cutting back on the number of times we check our phones. We also use iOS/Android screen time weekly stats. #michED

Q6: Reflect on your own knowledge and abilities as a teacher of digital citizens. What is one way you can grow this year? How might you go about improving your content knowledge or practice?

A6: In 2018, #MediaLiteracy for students was a top priority. In 2019, #MediaLiteracy/#DigCit for adults is a priority. We could all benefit from a #MediaLit skill set. Would love to hear what others are doing on this topic. #michED

Q7. What are some of your favorite resources for teaching digital citizens? Hit us up with links to activities, blog posts, books and more.

A7: We are proud to be a Common Sense district, which puts Common Sense at the top of our list. We love the range of relevant resources for parents, students and teachers, covering all areas of #DigCit. #michED

A7: For the latest research on cyberbullying,  we appreciate Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin continually updating the Cyberbullying Research Center website. #michED

A7: For tips on protecting student data privacy, we like the Connect Safely’s Parent Guide  and Common Sense’s Tips for Teachers short video. #michED

We’re looking forward to joining and learning from Wednesday’s #michED chat. We invite our EGUSD Digital Citizenship Coordinators to join us.  For those of you who participated in our January Saturday Seminar workshop: Twitter, the Best PD on the Planet, this is a great opportunity for putting your new Twitter skills into practice.

If you cannot join the live chat, you can follow up on the conversation anytime by searching #michED on Twitter.

Hope to see you Wednesday.

Keeping your kids safe online this summer

Summer break is already here for some and fast approaching for others. With school being out and students spending more free time online and on their mobile devices, it’s important to be aware of ongoing risks in the cyber world. In addition to cyberbullying and exposure to inappropriate content, children need an awareness that threats exist – predators looking to make connections online and offline and, even more common, cyber criminals hoping to steal personal information.

Group of kids at school out for summer

As summer vacation kicks off, the Department of Homeland Security encourages you to share these online safety tips with your children:

  1. Don’t share too much information.
    Create a list of things your kids should never post or share online – like their birthday and year, full name, address, and phone number – and make sure they understand why it is important to keep this information private.
  2. Be careful about what you post.
    The internet isn’t private. Once your kids share a post, picture, or video, they can’t control how others will use it, and it can never be permanently deleted. Teach them be thoughtful and cautious in what they post and share online.
  3. Keep your location private.
    Many apps, networks, and devices have geo-tagging features which broadcast your location. This information could lead a stalker directly to your kids, so check that these features are turned off.
  4. Protect your password.
    Show your kids how to create strong passwords and make sure they know to never share them with anyone (except their parents or a trusted adult).

Beach and Mobile Phone

Speaking of vacation – below are a few more tips on being mindful of what you share when it comes to your trips and travels.

Vacation time should be for relaxing and spending time with friends and loved ones. Consider modeling some device free behavior. Do you really need to be checking your phone or tablet constantly? By implementing device free time, you are sending a message to your children that your time with them is more valuable than whatever text messages or status updates might be happening in the background.

Avoid posting details of your family vacation. Don’t post dates and locations for the entire world to see, and make sure your children don’t do so either.

Discourage “checking-in” and geo-tagging. Although “fun,” checking in at certain locations on Facebook or other social networks could expose your home and family to risk. Remind your children to turn off any geo-tracking tools, and avoid “checking in”.

Cyberbullying doesn’t end with the school year. Cyberbullies can troll your children at anytime. Changes in behavior may indicate that your child is a victim. Notice any behavior that seems unusual? Is your child no longer wanting to be online or is constantly online day and night? These could be potential warning signs that all is not well in your child’s cyber world. Talk to them.

Children are more likely to meet online friends in person during the summer.
This may not always be such a bad idea, if handled correctly. Together with your children, make sure the following rules are adhered to:

  • Your permission and involvement are vital. Be present.
  • Any initial meet-up should be held in a public place that you have selected together.
  • If you have a chance to speak with parents, do so before the meeting.
  • Trust your instincts. If anything doesn’t feel right – cancel the meet-up.

Open discussions about what your kids encounter in their real/online lives are very important to have. Let them know that if they have made mistakes – big or small – they can come to you no matter what. We can’t change the cyber world that our kids now live in, but we can help them navigate it. Social media is a gateway to their friends. Back in the day (pre-internet times), children spent hours playing outside, as well as chatting with friends on the house phone into the wee hours – times have changed.  Children now connect with each other via popular apps – Instagram, Snapchat and It’s a fun way for them to “hangout” within the comforts of home and also provides you with a break from shuttling them all over town.

Summer can also provide opportunities to learn more about the apps your children are using and to meet and connect with industry leaders on Internet Safety topics. We’ve already marked our calendars for the June 14 STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Twitter Chat;

Stop Think Connect Twitter Chat Invitation

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is a global online safety awareness campaign that helps all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online by encouraging people to be more vigilant about practicing safe, online habits. In celebration of Internet Safety Month, STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ invites you to join their upcoming Twitter Chat to learn some tips for a fun, cyber safe summer.

#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Top Tips for a Fun, Cyber Safe Summer
Thursday, June 14,  Noon PDT
June doesn’t just mark the beginning of summer – it’s also Internet Safety Month! School’s out, connected devices are in! While the internet offers opportunities to learn, socialize and explore, it also comes with potential dangers. In this #ChatSTC we’ll share easy, actionable tips and advice you can use right now to keep yourself and the young people in your life safe online all summer long.

Enjoy your summer and please be sure to share with us any additional resources, as well as takeaways from the above information. We welcome your comments and recommendations. We would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the important role parents/guardians play in guiding their children (our students) in becoming positive, contributing and connected digital citizens.

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