Anonymous vs appropriate

George Couros, a Canadian Division Principal, has written a blog post responding to some of the statistics revealed by the 2013 Pew Report.

The statistics he reports are:

  • 91% post a photo of themselves, up from 79% in 2006.
  • 71% post their school name, up from 49%.
  • 71% post the city or town where they live, up from 61%.
  • 53% post their email address, up from 29%.
  • 20% post their cell phone number, up from 2%.

In addition to the trend questions, we also asked five new questions about the profile teens use most often and found that among teen social media users:

  • 92% post their real name to the profile they use most often.2
  • 84% post their interests, such as movies, music, or books they like.
  • 82% post their birth date.
  • 62% post their relationship status.
  • 24% post videos of themselves.

What Couros questions is the push from some schools and parents for students to remain anonymous on the net. As this is obviously not happening, Couros suggests that perhaps we should be teaching our young adults (and children) to post appropriately. A good digital footprint will soon replace a curriculum vitae (if that’s not already the case).

Manners matter

This useful infographic was developed by Know the Net, a UK site that

is an impartial website that helps individuals, families and businesses get the most out of the internet. It is funded by Nominet– the not-for-profit organisation – as part of its commitment to making the internet a more trusted space for everyone who uses it.

We aim to offer some of the most reliable and accessible, impartial advice to help you make the most of the internet and keep you, your family, and your business (if you have one), stay safe and secure online.


Knowthenet presents Manners Matter

Knowthenet presents Manners Matter the online Netiquette Do’s and Don’ts infographic.

Another high profile social media faux pas

Yet again another well known Australian has made a mess of their standing in the community via social media.

Australian cricketer David Warner took to Twitter to argue with journalists over the weekend. The argument wasn’t the issue so much, but how Warner worded his responses. Swearing and put downs were the order of the day from someone who represents his country and was sure to have had social media lessons from Cricket Australia.

Interestingly, as of Monday 20 May, the tweets had not been deleted. Warner is set to be sanctioned by Cricket Australia.

Us vs us

Recently entrepreneur Seth Godin wrote about digital tribes as a way of building communities we care about. He explains:

One way to look at the web is that it’s billions of people, anonymous, a shooting gallery of others. The other way is to visualize the smaller circles, the tribes of interdependent human beings helping and being helped.

When we steal or disrupt or game the system of a community we care about, we hurt everyone we say we’re connected to, and thus hurt ourselves.

This is another take on digital citizenship really; the idea that we need to contribute positively online. Read the whole post here.

The perils of our past

Recently Simon Finch published a piece on Digital citizenship and the perils of our past. You may have heard of Paris Brown, who was appointed as the first Youth Crime Commissioner in the UK. Not long after her appointment, Paris was attacked for her less than salubrious tweets and was eventually forced to stand down from her new role.

It’s a healthy reminder that our digital footprint will follow us around for our entire lives and affect many aspects of our lives. It’s up to us to ensure that our digital footprint is a good one that adds to our relationships and work, rather than detract from them. We can use social media to build ourselves a culture of trust and respect. Or not.

Teaching children about digital footprints

Kathleen Morris, a progressive year 4 teacher at Leopold Primary School in Victoria has written an excellent blog post on teaching children about digital footprints. Kathleen explains:

So what do students need to know about digital footprints?

  • the internet is a public space with a large audience
  • digital footprints can be searched or shared
  • once online, things can be there forever
  • you should always think before you post online
  • you should keep certain personal details private
  • individuals can take control of their digital footprints
  • digital footprints can be helpful or harmful to reputations

Although aimed at a primary level, there is much for parents and students to learn here.

The digital citizen

The educational origami wiki, complied by New Zealand teacher Andrew Churches, has a wealth of digital citizenship resources and includes the tenets of digital citizenship:

The Digital Citizen will follow six tenets of citizenship.

  1. Respect yourself
  2. Protect yourself
  3. Respect others
  4. Protect others
  5. Respect intellectual property
  6. Protect intellectual property

If we all remembered these six points when online, the world would be a much better place to live in. Check out the other excellent resources on the wiki here.

Defining digital citizenship

What is digital citizenship? How can we be good digital citizens? Recently Mary Beth Hertz, a teacher from Philadelphia, shared an excellent presentation on these topics. She explains:

What we discovered was that there are a lot of parallels between face to face citizenship and digital citizenship, though the biggest differences are based upon the tools we use to communicate.

Read Mary Beth’s whole post here.