Annie Fox, an American educator who empowers young people through increased self-awareness, emotional intelligence skills and stress-reduction strategies, has published a manifesto for today’s parents.
Some of the pledges include:
Social media is part of my child’s world. As a Safety Conscious Digital Parent, I pledge to do my best to raise my child to be a responsible digital citizen.
I pledge to support my child’s use of age-appropriate social networking sites and to teach my child how to play safe and stay safe online so (s)he can grow in positive ways from online activities.
Read the whole pledge here. A great follow on from last week’s pieces from danah boyd.
Netsafe: learn, guide, protect is a New Zealand project sponsored by the New Zealand Ministry of Education. It provides background and theory on the topic of digital citizenship. They have an excellent definition of what digital citizenship means:
uses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace
is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies
is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively
uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICT
respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship
As we know the value of being a good digital citizen and how our digital footprint can influence our lives, either positively or negatively, this is a great resource to assist our children. Check out the site for more information.
Either way, kids will have to learn that their digital footprint is born from the moment they start posting on each other’s walls and create their first online avatar. They’ll have to figure out that every YouTube video they upload will be a reflection of themselves as the public sees them. With guidance from parents and educators, they can figure out what the world knows about them via mindshift.kqed.org