Digital Citizenship Education
In the digital era, technology has permanently invaded the lives of our students. This can take the form of smart phones and apps to computers and social networks. However, little is being done to prepare adults and kids for life in a connected world, potentially endangering future generations.
According to the latest Norton Online Family Report, 62% of students aged 8-17 have experienced a negative online situation. 39% of the negative online situations were serious, i.e. receiving violent or nude body images, videos or games online.
It’s a serious problem when 17% of students think their parents have no idea what they do online, and 6% of parents say they have no idea what their students do online. Even more so when you consider that 20% of students won’t tell their parents about negative online experiences because they worry about getting into trouble, according to Norton’s findings.
Despite teachers (91%), parents (83%), and students (84%) thinking schools should integrate Internet technology as much as possible, it is believed that schools are ill-prepared to teach online safety, security and digital citizenship.
According to an All Things D article, keeping kids safe requires ongoing effort and discussion in homes, schools and boardrooms. Students, parents, teachers and law enforcement officials must actively work to provide support, and share learning and best practices. Basic training and ongoing education in digital citizenship and online safety is also needed in schools immediately. Training and education should start at the earliest years, and continue into later phases of adolescent and even professional life.
Standardized educational solutions and training programs that teach high-tech safety rules and responsible online usage could prove the solution. It’s vital that students and adults are better equipped to meet the challenges of the modern world.
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