Presentation by 10 year old blogger Lillie Forteau and her mom, Dr. Jessie Voigts, about digital citizenship for kids. Tips and resources. Find us at http://www.LilliesSuitcase.com and http://www.WanderingEducators.com
A Kid’sGuide toGettingDigitallyConnectedLillie Forteauwww.LilliesSuitcase.comJessie Voigts, PhDwww.WanderingEducators.com
What is Digital Citizenship?• Digital citizenship is just what it sounds like – being a good citizen on the internet. Being a good cyber (online) citizen means being kind, thoughtful, safe, and responsible. Think before you say ANYTHING online. Be positive; create a caring, positive online experience.
Digital communication• Digital communication entails all the ways that you can interact online. This can include interacting on websites, blogging, playing games, emailing, texting, sharing photos, and more. One of the main rules of offline communication is to be kind and think of others – this goes the same online. Civility is important anytime there are people involved.• Do you remember playing the telephone game? It’s where one person says something to the next person, who says it to the next person, etc. When it gets to the end of the line, the message is often unintelligible. The same thing can happen online – words and photos can be distorted, copied, changed, and even shared without your knowledge, or crediting.• Communication can be difficult to understand in real life, taking other people’s feelings and thoughts into account. Online, it is even harder – words can be interpreted differently than you meant them, and there is no opportunity for non-verbal communication, which is a great way to interact and gauge meaning.
Ways to be online• play• talk• interact• Learn• explore• make friends
Formats to be online• email• skype• g+ hangouts• Facetime• interact on multiplayer games• Social media – facebook, twitter, tumblr, instagram, etc.
Safety Issues to talk aboutwith your kids• Internet safety• Cyberbullying• Digital privacy• Netiquette• Stranger danger
Safety TIPS• Internet safety is the biggest concern for kids. Why? Because online, you may not know who you are interacting with!Use safe kid-friendly search engines:• Kid Rex• Ask Kids• and if you are doing research, try using http://www.sweetsearch.com
Ways to be Safe online• Don’t use your real name• Never tell your real name or address• Don’t share your location, phone number, email• Use something for your avatar besides your photo• Connect safely (don’t connect to strangers, make new friends from friends of your parents)• Talk to your parents if you feel unsafe• Block people that make you feel unsafe
Being a good digital citizen• No bullying• Don’t allow bullying• Be kind• Don’t say mean things• Report if you need to (to the website or your parents)• Ignore mean people (they are called trolls)• Give credit
Digital footprint• Your digital footprint is everything you do online. It is permanent! Everything you do online is permanent and can be public, even if it is private in a group, or a text message between you and a friend. If you delete something, it is still out there, somewhere. Be constantly aware that anything is possible online – that information, messages, emails, and photos can be shared (and changed) without your knowledge.
Digital Law• On the tails of your digital footprint should be an awareness of digital law. It’s the same as the law (and commonsense) in real life.• Copyright – this is a legal ownership of books, words, music, photos. You may not copy something without permission of the owner. You can probably quote a few lines from a book or article (and give credit), but you may not use the whole thing.• Plagiarism – don’t copy or share something without crediting the source, and making sure it is ok to do so. If you quote someone, put the words in quotes and give the author’s name, or the person who spoke the words.• Image copyrights. If you’d like to use a photo, make sure that it is within your rights to do so. Check creative commons for photos you can use, with attribution (crediting the photographer).
Critical thinking online• Not everything online is true. Did you know that? Critical thinking skills are necessary to figure out what is real, and what is not.• Critical thinking skills – credibility of the site, learning to discern real information from false. Great graphics and information here: http://wwwatanabe.blogspot.com/2013/01/internet-seach-to-address-common- core.html• Excellent information here on filtering information: http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/2012/05/29/tentips-for-teaching-students-how- to-research-and-filter-information/Examples:• Do you believe this? http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/• or this? http://allaboutexplorers.com/explorers/cabot/
Fun websites for kids• Animal Jam – National Geographic site, learn about animals and interact with others.• Moshi Monsters – Play by yourself, can’t really interact with others. Fun to play, create characters, do quests.• Kizi – Again, more of a solo game. Good for ages 7-14, I think. Play games.• Wingaroo Adventures. Mostly solo, some verbal interactions. Do quests, explore the Wingaroo World.• Webkinz – Mostly solo, although can do some games together. Design, build, create worlds for your pets. Lots of games.• Wizard101 – Interactive multi-player game.• Minecraft – Interactive, works as teams to build.• Club Penguin – Some interactions, but mostly solo. Creative and fun.• Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow – Mostly solo, some games and quests.• 39 Clues – Solo, quests. If you love the 39 clues books, you play with the cards that come in the books.• MORE: PBS Kids Go, Barbie, Nick, Disney, Captain Underpants, Monterey Bay Aquarium – the list is never- ending!• Here’s a great resource of safe sites: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-lists
More Resources for learning about digital citizenship •How to be a good digital citizen: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/be-good- digital-citizen-tips-teens-and-parents •What is digital citizenship? http://www.teachhub.com/17-topics-teach-k-8-about-digital-citizenship •Safeties and Dangers of the web: http://library.thinkquest.org/5210/ •Best sites about internet literacy: http://www.educationworld.com/a_sites/sites081.shtml