Practicing Ethical Digital Usage

Definition

If Eleanor Roosevelt and the ancient Greeks were right, the true purpose of education is to produce citizens. As educators, helping our youth become responsible, full digital citizens is a priority that cuts across all academic disciplines. Our friends at Cable in the Classroom have identified three key areas of competency for digital citizenship:

Safety & Security:Understanding the risks that we face from others as well as from our own conduct, and the dangers posed by applications like viruses and phishing.

Digital Literacy:Learning how to find, sort, manage, evaluate and create information in digital forms. These literacy skills build on but are somewhat different from the traditional literacy of reading and writing.

Ethics & Community:Becoming aware of and practicing appropriate and ethical behaviors in a variety of digital environments. This area includes shaping your digital reputation and being a responsible citizen of the communities in which you participate, from social networks, to games, to neighborhood civic forums.

Responsible, resilient digital citizens know to operate under the same good judgement online that they use in their offline lives. The Web may feel like a free-for-all, but online resources cost money and time to create and our treatment of other digital citizens matters. Educators are in a unique position to help students understand plagiarism and other ethical dilemmas that flourish in digital environments. Some of these important matters to discuss are:


Have a Conversation
As you discuss these issues, gauge your student's understanding by asking the following questions:

1.What makes a good citizen? What makes a good digital citizen?
2.How do we legally download movies, TV shows, and music? How do you recognize legitimate online businesses where the goods sold are not pirated?
3. How and where do you report cyberbullying or other concerns?
4. Do you feel comfortable reporting to someone at school (faculty or staff)?

RELATED ISSUES
Illegal downloads, piracy, hacking, porn, stalking, hate speech, violence, plagiarism, cheating, stealing, copyright violation, incitement, gang recruitment, illegal substance abuse, slander/libel, unwelcome sexual advances, spying, blackmail, misuse of school computers

RESOURCES AND LINKS
* Good citizenship:Bully Bust
* Cyberbullying:Sheri Bauman’s Cyberbullying What Counselors Need to Know Chapter 8
* Piracy/Illegal Downloading:Internet Safety

WORKS CITED
1. Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2009). Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard:
Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (Corwin Press). ISBN: 1412966892.

2."Cyberbullying 'affects 1 in 10 teachers'" Retrieved 2 February 2011 at http://www.comparemeaphone.com/guardian-unlimited-tech-guide/cyberbullying-affects-1-in-10-teachers.html

Prevention

Document C3 Framework: Promoting Responsible Use This document points out that school policies and instruction often do not include all Cyberethics, Cybersafety, and Cybersecurity (C3) topics. In some cases this causes schools to miss the mark when it comes to C3 issues and how they correlate with human behavior. It goes in depth about C3 issues to help readers better understand this topic.

URL Faux Paw Curriculum Faux Paw the Websurfing Techno Cat series has been created by a team of leading child psychologists, educators, and law enforcement. This engaging curriculum—complete with books, animated DVDs, and lesson plans—will captivate the attention of your students and teach them how to appropriately conduct themselves online and in the digital space. Take advantage of these proven and valuable assets in your classroom today.

URL Professor Garfield Foundation: Internet Safety and You The website provides 4 video lessons featuring Garfield cartoons. The site also provides various lesson materials promoting responsible citizenship.

URL Project Look Sharp Provides materials, training and support to help teachers integrate media literacy into their classroom curricula.

URL Workshop: Raising Kids in a Digital World (Middle and Highschool) This presentation is designed to help facilitate a parent education event with parents of elementary school students. It includes power point and talking points.

Detection & Intervention

URL Faux Paw Curriculum Faux Paw the Websurfing Techno Cat series has been created by a team of leading child psychologists, educators, and law enforcement. This engaging curriculum—complete with books, animated DVDs, and lesson plans—will captivate the attention of your students and teach them how to appropriately conduct themselves online and in the digital space. Take advantage of these proven and valuable assets in your classroom today.

Incident Management & Response

URL Faux Paw Curriculum Faux Paw the Websurfing Techno Cat series has been created by a team of leading child psychologists, educators, and law enforcement. This engaging curriculum—complete with books, animated DVDs, and lesson plans—will captivate the attention of your students and teach them how to appropriately conduct themselves online and in the digital space. Take advantage of these proven and valuable assets in your classroom today.

URL The Health Communicator's Social Media Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to provide partners with guidance and share lessons learned in integrating social media into health communication campaigns, activities, and emergency response efforts. This guide provides information on getting started using social media from developing governance to determining which channels best meet communication objectives to creating a social media strategy. An overview of popular social media tools, including blogs, video-sharing sites, mobile applications, and RSS feeds is included, along with a resource section and campaign examples.