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Growing Up Online: Promoting Positivity in a Digital Citizenship Curriculum

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Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 25, 1:00–3:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 48

Jennifer Hanson  
Discover how middle school students are learning to navigate the intersections of their online and offline lives. Through activities that highlight kindness and awareness of their actions and words in any medium, students are constructing an understanding of their digital identity.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: 6-8
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Citizenship
  • Promote and model responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will:
explore how digital citizenship can be taught through a lens of kindness;

understand how social media can empower students;

examine strategies for building a deeply meaningful digital citizenship program.

Drawing on works about digital citizenship (Ribble and Casa-Todd) as well as lessons on crafting a culture of kindness (Drew and Tinari), this middle school digital citizenship program aims to create a positive environment around social media. Participants attending this poster session will learn about activities to help students reflect on their words and actions both online and off as well as lessons that examine healthy online behaviors and habits and the differences between upstanders and bystanders.

The presenter will share successes and challenges faced in implementing the curriculum. Poster station attendees will gain insight into how students are empowered by social media and how we as educators can leverage their enthusiasm to create powerful relationships and tools.

Supporting research

Digital Citizenship in Schools by Mike Ribble

Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership by Jennifer Casa-Todd

Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World by Devorah Heitner

Creating a Culture of Kindness in Middle School: 48 Character-Building Lessons to Foster Respect and Prevent Bullying by Naomi Drew and Christa Tinari

Posted by John David Anderson

Common Sense K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum

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Jennifer Hanson, Worcester Academy

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