For over twenty years, Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran has served in education as a teacher, principal, associate professor and advocate for student voice. As the co-founder of the Digital Citizenship Summit, she is recognised as an international expert in digital citizenship. Named one of the Top 10 Digital Citizenship bloggers to follow in 2014 by Common Sense Media, Curran also co-founded and moderates the digital citizenship #digcit chat on Twitter (2011). Her focus is on helping students to think and act at a local, global and digital level simultaneously. She is committed to helping students be safe, ethical and savvy online.
Given that Innovate My School are celebrating Safer Internet Day with a Safer Internet Week, here are five tips for helping students act safely and responsibly online.
What is digital citizenship? If you asked ten people to define it, you’d most likely receive ten different answers. Why is this term so difficult to define? It’s complicated, and the terms “digital” and “citizenship” are broad. Perhaps it’s because we are constantly evolving with upgrades and new ways to consume and produce electronic media? Or maybe we just don’t know enough about digital citizenship and our fear dictates our decisions to block and ban what we don’t understand? Whatever the reason may be, digital citizenship is everyone’s responsibility.