In our rush to embrace new technology in the classroom, we must also ensure that we are also protecting our students long term freedom. There’s really no point in teaching students to think and express themselves if we are, at the same time, creating a future where they don’t have the freedom to do so.
Tag / Digital Citizenship
In my post “Beyond Private and Public in Social Media” I called for an approach to teaching students about digital citizenship that does more than try to mitigate risk: “Students need adults who will guide and support them as they navigate the complexities of relationships and online sharing. They need adults who can help them find answers and […]
It is a basic principle of digital citizenship education that everything on the internet is public. It’s the equivalent of abstinence in sexual education or “Just Say No” when teaching teens about drugs and alcohol. If you don’t take risks, won’t get into trouble. Unfortunately, as with all abstinence only approaches, it ignores the reality of most students lives. Teens use social media. […]
Danah Boyd describes in “It’s Complicated” that cultural shifts are often met with “Moral Panic“. Parents in the 1950’s were convinced that Rock and Roll music would corrupt their children, a notion that seems laughable now. This pattern repeats with each successive generation adopting a new reason for parents to overreact and “protect” their children. It used to be television that made teens […]