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Teaching Students To Be Digital Citizens

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez

EdTech Focus on K-12

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Boost Online Safety in K–12 Schools with the Help of Technology

By encouraging digital citizenship, teachers can show students how to use online resources properly and teach them which security elements to keep in mind while doing so. Common Sense Education, a nonprofit devoted to helping kids navigate the tech-filled world, has a set of resources for teachers and administrators to help “build a positive school culture that supports the safe and responsible user of technology.”

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Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship

Unfortunately, despite the many benefits of technology in education, there are risks to students as well. Teachers can play a role in helping to teach students about those risks by encouraging digital citizenship. Could these resources help you serve more effectively in this role?

Students are engaging with technology at increasingly younger ages thrusting teachers in the role of ensuring that they know how to use technology wisely to protect their personal information and privacy, and to avoid cyberbullying risks. Non-profit organization Common Sense Education provides resources for teachers and administrators to raise awareness and prompt appropriate actions.