Digital Citizenship – How & What?

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About two years ago, I wrote a blog post about asking for ideas and suggestions from other educators on how they are helping their students with managing their online appearance. Well, folks! I am back at it again. I feel very passionate about this topic and want to make sure that our students are truly set up for success in their future.

I have been very fortunate over the past four years as our counseling department has been a great collaboration partner in helping design and deliver digital citizenship content for our high school students. We are proud with what we have come up with. We know that it is not perfect and we know that we can do more.

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To Photo or Not to Photo? That is the Question

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This blog post is a bit different from what I have blogged in the past but this is what is on my mind this week. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Kevin Harts comedy show. Laughs were shared and a great time was had. What struck me was the NO CELL PHONE policy that Kevin Hart had in place. I had never seen such a thing before. No individual was allowed to use their cell phone before or during the show, unless you had an emergency. You could make the phone call in the bathroom.

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BHS Becoming Social Media Savvy

For the past two years, tech 222 and counseling have worked together to help educate BHS students about social media use and their digital tattoo. One year, we put on a Social Media Awareness day. The second year, we celebrated social media over a course of a week.

This year, with input from administration and others, we decided to bring the conversation of social media throughout the school year. Each month, we will focus on a particular concept/aspect of social media. Our plan is to also come up with four different activities for students to participate in based on their grade level. We then hope that each advisory participates in the activity during one of the advisory days in that month.

To kick things off, we decided to focus on the positive aspects of social media. For the Freshmen class, they sat through a 30 minute presentation on “Social Media and Your Digital Tattoo” presentation. We focused on the goods, the bads and the cautions of social media. Students were able to see how the freshmen class answered certain questions about social media in the presentation. To view the Prezi presentation, click HERE or view below.

For the rest of the school population, we created these positive digital citizen activities. The idea is for different grade levels to do different activities so that we do not have to re-create the wheel next year – just tweak things.

The following are the topics we plan on talking about for the rest of the school year:
October – Positive Digital Citizen
November – Be Present & Social Media Addition
December – Cyberbullying
January – Mental Health
February – Online Safety
March – Distracted Driving/Distracted Walking

Looking for Resources
Where do you come in? We are looking for suggestions on activities, videos, case studies, conversations etc that we might want to implement throughout the year. We are looking for activities that will connect with and engage high school students. Have any ideas or thoughts…help us out and share in this google form. Looking for ideas beyond just printing a worksheet and having students fill out

Interested in seeing what people are sharing? Click HERE.

Thanks in advance for any ideas/suggestions. At the end of the year, we will share what we have come up with through collaboration from others. Lets help educate our students in an engaging way!