Students in 4th & 5th grade will engage in Digital Citizenship lessons and discussions during Technology. Lessons and units have been adapted from the Common Sense Media (http://www.commonsensemedia.org) and BrainPop (an online subscription database) curriculums. Below, is a brief description of some of the topics the lessons and units used will cover. And I will continue to add curriculum content and resources in order to help partner a Digital Citizenship discussion/dialogue at home.
1. Passwords (Powerful Passwords)- Students explore reasons why people use passwords, learn the benefits of using passwords, and discover strategies for creating and keeping strong, secure passwords. Do our children know how to create a secure password? Do our children know that different accounts (ex: email, school/career and online banking) should have a higher level of security and never use the same passwords as other sites. Do we know/have/use a trusting app (LastPass) to help us store and save the numerouse passwords we will encounter as 21st century citizens?
2. Privacy (Keep it Private)- Students learn that many websites ask for information that is private and dicsuss how to responsibly handle such requests. Do our children know how to protect their private information like address, email, and phone number? Private information can be used to identify you. Do our children know how to create appropriate screennames that add to a positive digital footprint. Personal Information- While this information (the number of siblings you have or your favorite food) can't be used to identify you, you need to choose who you will share it with.Photographs- How aware are we that some private things may show up in photographs (school spirit wear, license plates, or street signs) and that they may not want to post those pictures. Do we know how to turn off a geotagging feature?
3. Permission (My Creative Work)- Students are introduced to the concept of having ownership over creative work. They practice putting their name and date on something they produce. Do our children understand creative credit & copyright? Do they respect property rights of those who create intellectual property? Do our children understand and know how to get permission for work they use and do they know how to cite it?
4. Protection (Going Places Safely)- Students learn that they can go to exciting places online but they need to follow certain rules to remain safe. Do our children understand Internet Safety and what viruses, malware, phishing, ransomeware, and identity theft are, and how these things work? Do our children understand what they should do when someone uses mean or scary language on the Internet? Do they know to tell a trusted adult when they see something wrong?
5. Professionalism (My online Community)- Students explore the concept that people can connect with one another through the Internet. They understand how the ability for people to communicate online can unite a community. (Show Respect Online)- Students explore the similarities and differences between in-person and online communications, and then learn how to write clear and respectful messages. Do our children understand the professionalism of academics vs. decisions about how they will interact in their social lives? Do they know about netiquette and online grammar? Do our children understand Truth vs. Fiction?
6. Personal Brand (Follow the Digital Trail)- Students learn that the information they put out online leaves a digital footprint or "trail." This trail can be big or small, helpful or hurtful, depending on how they manage it. Have our children decided about their voice (tone) and how they want to be perceived online? Do they realize they have a "digital footprint" that is almost impossible to erase? Are they intentional about what they share? Do our children understand what they should do when someone uses mean or scary language on the Internet? Or what is cyberbullying, and how would we deal with it?
Common Sense K-12 Digital Citizenship CurriculumCommon Sense Education's FREE Digital Citizenship Curriculum is designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. These 21st-century skills are essential for students to harness the full potential of technology for learning. Lesson plans, videos, student interactives, and assessments, to professional learning and family outreach materials, provide a turnkey Curriculum for our schools with everything we need to take a whole-community approach to digital citizenship. Common Sense Media continually shares how kids and teens are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways nerver before imagined. With this power, young people have extroardinary opportunities, and yet they face potential pitfalls, too.