“Posting personal information online
does not, by itself, appear to be a
particularly risky behaviour.’”
“Social networking sites ... do not
appear to have increased risk of
victimization by online molestors.’”
Sexual predation is a concern ...
existed before the Internet, but is
overblown by the media.
Bullying & harassment are the most
frequent threats faced by minors
both online and ofﬂine.
“Digital Citizenship is a concept which
helps teachers and technology leaders
understand what students should know to
use technology appropriately. But Digital
Citizenship is more than just a teaching
tool, it is a way to prepare students for a
society full of technology.” (Ribble)
“...for all the money, tax revenue and intelligence that Western
governments have at their disposal (they) seemingly cannot get
their heads around a simple enough concept that wherever one
is, someone is watching and recording.”
How do we develop a culture that respects and
understands the rights of both creators and
consumers and the increasingly limited
distinction between these two groups?
in the past
the way in which we
mediated our identities was
selective, closed, & controlled
“The average digital birth of children
happens at about 6 months.”
“In Canada, US, UK, France Italy,
Germany & Spain ... 81% of children
under the age of two have some kind
of digital proﬁle or footprint.”
Viewable by Millions
“In July 2003, the student’s family ﬁled a $250,000
lawsuit against the family of four of his schoolmates.
The lawsuit stated in part that he “had to endure, and
still endures today, harassment and derision from his
high-school mates and from the public at large.”
Imagine for a second if we taught our teenagers to drive a car in
the same manner we attempt to teach them about social media...
Driving lessons would
NEVER take place in an
would only focus on
what NOT to do.
Driving lessons would be taught by
adults (teachers or parents) with little or
no experience of driving.
Slide by @gcouros
“Digital citizenship isn’t just about
recognizing and dealing with online
hazards. It’s about building safe spaces &
communities, understanding how to
manage personal information, and about
being Internet savvy - using your online
presence to grow & shape your world in a
safe, creative way, and inspiring others to
do the same.” (Digizen)
Don’t limit a child to your
own learning, for he was born
in another time. ~Tagore