Digital Citizenship

Today there exists hundreds of social media sites that control the lives of people, specifically young adults, each and every day. Social media is a large field that has been growing enormous popularity among the younger generation. These platforms were designed for users to share information, pictures, and many other aspects to family and friends.  But some social media sites have been getting a bad rap for the way that some users spend their time while on these sites. The problem is, not all of these users follow the proper guidelines for being upstanding digital citizens.

According to ISTE’s standards for students 2016, they define digital citizenship as students who understand the “rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal, and ethical”. This definition demonstrates the importance of teaching the younger generation about how to use proper etiquette on the internet so that they understand the morals behind it and avoid any unnecessary backlash.

I personally think this topic is very important to educate young adults and teenagers on because of how much damage that can arise if nothing is said. Cyber bullying is a huge topic of concern when dealing with online users because of how many lives are at stake due to this issue. If more schools educate their students on the DO’s and DONT’s of digital citizenship, then maybe there will be a decrease in the verbal brutality and inappropriate posts that are shared online every day.

Not too long ago I watched a documentary about a cyberbullying case and it really opened my eyes to the fact that this problem lies majority with people under the age of 20. These young adults grew up in the technology world and are using these platforms in a negative way to relinquish hate upon others. From the articles that I reviewed, I personally found interest in the one that addressed the issue of improper online etiquette within the middle school age group because of how necessary it is in today’s’ day. This school in Michigan established a program where student teachers come in every day and talk to middle schoolers about the basic rules when using technology. I think this is a very powerful way to get children thinking about what they post and how it may affect others in a negative way.

Teaching these kids to be good online citizens at a young age will hopefully prevent them from starting or continuing to use technology in a negative way and set them up to lead a good example for others.





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