As our society becomes more and more digitally connected it is increasingly important that we teach Internet users how to use the web safely and respectfully. This is where digital citizenship and netiquette become important topics to understand and I found great online resources for each.
Common Sense Media – Digital Citizenship Curriculum (URL: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence)
I love this free resource from Common Sense Media! The resources are identified as K-12, but I think they could be useful for adults as well. There are eight categories of online curriculum.
- Internet safety
- Privacy and security
- Relationships and communication
- Digital footprint and reputation
- Self-image and identity
- Information literacy
- Creative Credit and Copyright
The information is outlined very easily on the website. Grades are sectioned into age appropriate groups (i.e.: Grades 3-5) and each Grade level group has three units (exception is that 9-12 has four units). Within each unit there are five lessons and each of the categories listed above is incorporated into the unit at least once, with many lessons covering two categories. Amazingly, there are at least 15 lessons in each Grade level group. Every lesson is downloadable and there are clear instructions on how to facilitate them.
This resource is helpful to educators and parents. I definitely plan to share it with my team at the hospital so they can share it with patients and families. I also will incorporate it into the resources list provided to child life interns.
Overall, it is a very impressive curriculum.
Learn the Net – Netiquette (URL: http://www.learnthenet.com/learn-about/netiquette/index.php)
This website seems to cover it all; the Netiquette link above provides a top ten list of Internet etiquette. This top ten list includes tips from Internet slang to commenting on blogs. I was most pleased with the information available on the topic of email use. Email is the most popular form of online communication and this one site teaches users about email in a simple and straightforward way. A few of my favorite tips are:
- Keep messages short and focused
- Don’t write anything you wouldn’t say in public
- Avoid sending email to large groups of people unless you have a legitimate reason to do so
There is one email tip that I think should be used sparingly:
- Use a smiley face to make sure a message is not misunderstood
The saying “there is a time and place for everything” holds true for emoticon use especially. I believe they are acceptable and appropriate when sending a message to friends, family, or close coworkers; however, I do not think they should be used when sending email to people you do not know or if the email is of a strictly professional nature. I would like to hear your thoughts on this.
All my best,
Common Sense Media. (2013). Scope and Sequence. Retrieved from http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence
Learn the Net. (2013). Netiquette. Retrieved from http://www.learnthenet.com/learn-about/netiquette/index.php