iSafe is the first digital site that I found that promotes digital citizenship. iSafe promotes “e-Safety education that is designed to provide schools and school districts with comprehensive curriculum materials and learning platforms” (iSafe, 2013). iSafe tools “equip students with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need to be safe, responsible and technologically proficient cyber citizens in today’s global society and economy” (iSafe, 2003). What is nice about this resource is that the school, parents, and students are involved in promoting and enforcing digital citizenship.
I selected the iSafe site because it is important for parents and teacher to work together to help our students understand digital technology and help students be safe online. Online is not enemy for students. What makes online the enemy is when you have users that do not use digital citizenship “REP’s” (Riddle, n.d.) so this puts our students and even adult users in danger or in situations that could be deemed unethical.
The first way that I would use this site within my professional would be to share the resources with my adult students and encourage them to find out what is in a place within their children’s school district to promote ditigal citizenship. The second way I would use this would be if I taught K-12 grades I would recommend this site as a resource to teach students about digital citizenship.
Media Smarts is the second digital citizenship site that I found. Media Smarts believes “Our vision is that children and youth have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens” (Media Smarts, n.d,). Media Smarts covers digital and media literacy. There are resources for teachers to use within their classroom to promote literacy for digital and media critical thinking for students to make wise decisions while online. There are several issues that are in today’s media and digital world topics that are covered. For example the topics range from “internet and mobile, video games, body image, violence, cyber security, and cyber bullying” and there are many more topics (Media Smarts, n.d,).
I selected this site because it would be helpful for students to be aware of issues that they face or someone that they know could face one of these issues while being online. I would also recommend this site to my adult learners as a resource to learn about the issues and help make decisions while online with their children and you never know this may be helpful to the adult learner as well. The second way I would use this would be if I taught K-12 grades I would recommend this site as a resource to teach students about digital citizenship and literacy.
iSafe. (2013). Retrieved from http://isafe.org/wp/
Media Smarts. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://mediasmarts.ca/
Ribble, M. (n.d.). Nine elements: Nine themes of digital citizenship. Retrieved May 30,