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Digital Citizenship

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David85
I have been reading a lot about the concept of Digital Citizenship and wondered why on earth it is not yet on the school curriculum? We keep hearing how cyberbullying and online abuse is affecting younger people so much, so why aren't schools or the education department looking at this and incorporating it into lessons? Do you think they should?
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Petula
Yes, definitely. This would be a great lesson to help kids understand how important it is to use the internet responsibly. It would probably be beneficial for a lot of adults as well!
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Jazz
The longer education authorities ignore the obvious need for this kind of education, the worse the problem will become. Its no good schools saying its not their responsibility, we hear enough of that from the sites like Facebook who let cyberbullying continue on their platforms. It is going to be through education that young people learn to utilise the internet in a more positive and productive way. So yes, we do need this in schools, and the sooner the better.
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Cyberninja
Its not just schools that need to get involved. Everyone becomes affected by online abuse when someone is targeted, family, friends and professional colleagues. I would like to see schools connecting with the wider community around them as well as other schools nationally and internationally, why limit this sort of education to just kids?
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Jules92

In reply to Cyberninja

Good point! Its not just kids who need to wise up about how to behave online. In fact, most kids are learning this by experience, not by example. By that I mean that most adults are way behind their kids on how to interact online and navigate the "rules".
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Cyberninja
True. This is a fairly unique situation where parents cannot draw on their wisdom from experience when they have none. Our kids are leading us in learning how to navigate cyber life. I think this is a good thing, bearing in mind that bullying is learned behaviour. When our kids look at the world they see so much that needs changing so we should let them create their vision of a better world instead of teaching them how to do it our way. The new digital citizen is being born!
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Reflective_Joy

In reply to Cyberninja

What a fantastic way to put it CYBERNINJA! I completely agree!

We can learn so much from today's youth. I think we sometimes forget that they have so much to offer, especially where technology is concerned. They are key in the battle against cyberbullying and to find ways to have a safer more enjoyable time online. We are slowly emerging from the growing pains that have been the last ten years of cyber technology and if possible, reached a consistent place where social media is concerned. It's no longer a phenomenon and though new apps and ways of communicating are being added on, today's youth are one step ahead of us in anticipating and understanding their functions and use. It's quite exciting to see and experience this evolution and it's role for the future of digital citizenship.