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Tuesday, October 04, 2016 4:07:02 PM
jodie.moorhead
Joined on 22 May, 2014
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Week 1 - Digital Responsibility

There has been a lot in the news lately about cyber breaches and the release of 
"supposedly" private pictures and information.  Many teens see nothing wrong with 
posting images and comments that are inappropriate at any age, much less as teens or
children.  Unfortunately, many young people don't have the parental control to keep them 
digitally safe.  Many times, it falls on the school/church/etc to teach them good digital 
citizenship and internet responsibility.


What do you see as being the biggest challenge to reaching young people about leaving a 
good digital footprint?  What should teachers/staff be doing to support the parents with 
this matter?


Here are a couple of websites that you can reference:

NYPL Internet Safety Tips for Teens and Children

National Children's Advocacy Center

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Friday, October 07, 2016 7:29:15 PM
susan.hopkins
Joined on 10 June, 2014
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Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility

One of the biggest challenges to reaching young people about leaving a good digital footprint is getting them to understand why it is important to them and how it could affect them personally. Teens often think they are immune to real world problems and don't always take things seriously. This is not an issue in my classroom because my students are four years old. However, I have 3 teenagers of my own. I point out real examples of children in the news that have been exploited or hurt by internet predators. I am also completely open to any questions they may have so they do not have to hide their internet activity. 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 8:51:42 PM
daisy.banks
Joined on 10 June, 2014
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Re: Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility

I agree; also, I think knowing about the latest social media application helps a lot.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 9:09:39 PM
constance.wilson
Joined on 10 June, 2014
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Re: Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (1)

I agree this is a big challenge for high school students. A lot of students uses social media to vent where as they really don't understand the importance of putting things online. I explain to them that this is visible to everyone. So I'm constantly reminding my students everyday.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:01:31 PM
daisy.banks
Joined on 10 June, 2014
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Re: Re: Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (1)

How early should we begin teaching children about digital foot prints? I feel like it should be elementary, but I don't think they're really ready until junior high or even high school. What do y'all think?
Sunday, October 16, 2016 4:50:12 PM
norval.mize
Joined on 09 June, 2014
1 Posts
Re: Re: Re: Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (1)

We should start in Kindergarten. I think the earlier the better because they can absorb a lot more information at a younger age.
Monday, October 17, 2016 2:13:51 PM
harriet.davis
Joined on 10 June, 2014
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (1) (1)

I feel that if they are capable of navigating the web, regardless of their age, they should be educated about appropriate online behavior. I teach self contained 1st through 6th grade, so my kids need supervision on the computer, but I use every opportunity I can to inform other children in the school about leaving a good digital footprint.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 10:54:02 PM
sherrie.tyler
Joined on 10 June, 2014
3 Posts
Re: Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (2)

I agree that it should be made personal.  Otherwise, they "that doesn't apply to me" or "I'm above the rules" mentality kicks in.  
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 8:48:46 PM
daisy.banks
Joined on 10 June, 2014
3 Posts
Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (1)

The biggest challenge to reaching students about a good digital footprint is that in today's society overexposure is praised and rewarded through our "celebrities," who our students admire.

I believe that teachers can show students examples of ordinary teens who are negatively affected by overexposure and have discussions about them to raise awareness about good digital footprints.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 9:12:41 PM
constance.wilson
Joined on 10 June, 2014
3 Posts
Re: Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (1)

Your so correct about the celebrities. That is a great idea! 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 10:55:52 PM
sherrie.tyler
Joined on 10 June, 2014
3 Posts
Re: Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (1) (1)

There are many stories that can be shared about how teens are affected by social media, like those who commit suicide or have to change schools.  These stories will at least cause reflection the next time a student thinks about participating in this.
Monday, October 17, 2016 8:58:01 PM
harriet.davis
Joined on 10 June, 2014
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Re: Re: Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (1) (1)

I agree. Many kids do/post hurtful things just to fit in with peers, but most of them have a conscience. If an adult sat them down and talked to them about the possible outcomes of posting "bullying" material on the web, I believe that most of them will sympathize and think twice about doing it. If a talk keeps even one person from bullying another, then it's worth the time and energy.
Monday, October 17, 2016 3:36:05 AM
cheryl.rogers
Joined on 09 June, 2014
3 Posts
Re: Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (1) (2)

I agree. Teachers could use a negative post/ message and have students explain what is wrong and a better choice that could have been made.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 8:59:04 PM
constance.wilson
Joined on 10 June, 2014
3 Posts
Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (2)


What do you see as being the biggest challenge to reaching young people about leaving a 
good digital footprint?

This is a big challenge for me being that I teach Introduction Business Computer Application; so therefore, I'm speaking about internet safety on a day to day basis. In my class we are on the computer everyday.I have students who tends to try to get on different sites throughout the day while teaching my lesson for the day. I explain to all my students that be mindful what you post online because it will follow you. I encourage all my students everyday the importance of leaving a great digital footprint.

I inform them that being that their in high school right now ten years from now that same post he or she posted will follow them throughout their life. Companies now a days check social media for different things and determine base on the information that is posted online. 
 



What should teachers/staff be doing to support the parents with this matter?

As a teacher I will remind the students the importance of posting positive things. I also will send out information to the parents with tips on how to cut down the negative post on social media.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016 10:52:45 PM
sherrie.tyler
Joined on 10 June, 2014
3 Posts
Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (3)

No one wants to give away anything for free that they have labored over or created.  I have had a student create an original work, then made copies for everyone in the class to turn in as their own.  Talk about an angry kid!  I explain that this is what happens when you share things that are not paid for or legal for you to own.  Even if they don't follow this, they will think about this experience every time they are tempted to do this.


Monday, October 17, 2016 2:00:46 PM
harriet.davis
Joined on 10 June, 2014
3 Posts
Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (4)

For my school, the biggest challenge to reaching young people about leaving a good digital footprint is getting the parents to be more involved in their children's education process. Parental involvement is a big issuse with our children. Many of our kids go unsupervised for long periods of time, allowing for inappropriate, and often dangerous online behavior. So, for me, it's trying to get my parents to call me back or to come to conferences so that I will have the chance to discuss online behavior with them.
Monday, October 17, 2016 3:43:42 AM
cheryl.rogers
Joined on 09 June, 2014
3 Posts
Re: Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (4)

This is so true.  Although you may not reach all parents, Class Dojo is a way to reach parents digitally.  It keeps track of positive/negative behavior as well as allows the students to upload items for their portfolio and to our class story wall.  All items must be approved by the teacher so any negative posts could become a teachable moment in your classroom.
Monday, October 17, 2016 3:34:06 AM
cheryl.rogers
Joined on 09 June, 2014
3 Posts
Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (5)

In my opinion, the biggest challenge reaching young people about leaving a 
good digital footprint is the need to seek attention. In order to gain popularity or appear 'cool,' things may be posted in an instance, without thinking of any long term damage. Students may not see a digital footprint as a reality because when they log out of a program it is not visible to them.  Teachers and staff already set rules/guidelines for digital usage.  In order to support the parents more effectively, we could include a Technology Night where we can share tips on how to monitor usage, as well as a list of appropriate sites that have been verified to be safe.  
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:57:11 PM
shanette.armstrong
Joined on 09 June, 2014
1 Posts
Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (6)

One of the biggest challenges we face in reaching young people in reference to leaving a positive digital footprint is that I feel, as a nation, the overall level of morality has taken a nose dive over the past years.  It is difficult to instill in our students how not to post certain comments or pictures when all day they are blasted with it on television and social media.  As teachers it is our job to continue to encourage our students to do what is right, no matter what their environment outside of school may look.  We support them by first MODELING internet responsibility.  At any point, we should be able to pull up our social media pages, email, etc. and show it to our students without having to edit or without being fearful that there may be something inappropriate for them to see.  Do saying “Do as I say and not as I do” is not going to allow us to reach our students/children.  Showing students internet responsibility will be better than any list of rules you can post on the wall or print off and give to them.  

Monday, October 31, 2016 4:35:45 PM
cassandra.neda
Joined on 05 August, 2015
2 Posts
Re: Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (6)

I agree completely, "'morality" and family values" has taken a back seat to instant gratification that comes from the easy access of the internet.  

Again, if we don't establish a way to reach out to the families of our students, I feel we are in a "catch 22" situation.  I'm trying to teach my students the way to leave a good digital footprint and be responsible for the information taken from and placed on the internet, but if home is a free for all, no internet rules or guidelines, I'm somewhat stuck. 

This being said, I will continue to teach the importance of leaving a good digital footprint and home some of my teachings make it to the outside world with my students. 
Monday, October 31, 2016 4:30:20 PM
cassandra.neda
Joined on 05 August, 2015
2 Posts
Re: Week 1 - Digital Responsibility (7)

I see the biggest challenge to instilling in students a sense of "good digital footprints" as being replacing or erasing all of the poor understanding about what is kept in cyberspace and how it should be used. 

It is really hard to teach internet safety to children and parents who don't have a clear understanding of how easy it is to access and share information that is thought to be private.  It is my belief that we as teachers, need to start with the parents and work our way to the students.  At a previous school, we had weekly computer training classes with the parents and the students.  This was a free service provided by the school district at all schools.  

There is no way around teaching or learning without technology, but we really need more resources for parent and students together before we can break the habit of unwise use of technology and posting of information.