Open Thinking Wiki

Various Resources compiled by Dr. Alec Couros

Digital Citizenship


This is a collection of resources that can be used by educators or students regarding the issue of digital citizenship. Note: the questions used here are targeted primarily at high school students, but many of these questions apply to anyone new to the topic.

Definitions:

"Digital citizenship isn’t just about recognising and dealing with online hazards. It’s about building safe spaces and communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being internet savvy - using your online presence to grow and shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same." (Digizen)
"A fully literate citizen is at once critically self-reflexive and critically reflexive of his/her collective and position within it." (Spooner, 2007).

Important Resources:

  • Digizen: An excellent resource on digital citizenship from Childnet of the UK.
  • DigitalCitizenship.net: A strong resource from Mike Ribble that includes the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship.
  • Digital Citizenship/CSLA: A digital citizenship wiki from the California School Library Association. There are many activities and resources here for students of various grade levels, teachers, parents, and administrators.
  • Media Awareness Network: Canada's best media education resource which also includes the BeWebAware resource re: digital safety.
  • BrainPop: BrainPop put together a nice 'Spotlight on Digital Citizenship' that includes many informative animated videos on various related topics.
  • Text Unto Others: A strong article from THE Journal focused on digital citizenship.
  • NetKnowHow: Comprehensive resource from 2Learn.ca



Cyberbullying

Questions to Consider:

- What is cyberbullying?
- What are some common forms of cyberbullying?
- How is cyberbullying different from other forms of bullying?
- Do you know of anyone who has been cyberbullied?
- Have you ever acted like a cyberbully, intentionally or otherwise?
- What are the worst things that could happen because of cyberbullying?
- What can we do (teachers, student, administrators, familes) to help stop cyberbullying?

Videos and Links:

- What is Cyberbullying (from SACP)
- Star Wars Kid (original) & Star Wars Kid (Drunken Jedi Remix)
- ABC News Story on Bullying
- "Real Life Stories" from Netsmartz
- "Let's Fight It Together" from Digizen
- Cyberbullying (Kitchen)
- Cyberbullying (Talent Show)
- Examples of Cyberbullying
- Lessons of Palin's Email Hack



Social Networking

Questions to Consider:

- What are online social networking services?
- Which online social networking services (if any) are you involved in?
- What are some of the popular activities within your online social networks?
- How much time per week do you spend with online social networks?
- Do you connect to online social networks with your mobile devices?
- Are there any dangers involved with online social networking (privacy, stalking, professionalism, etc.)
- What do you think about teachers or parents being a part of your online social network?

Videos and Links:

- Social Networking Wars
- Social Networks in Plain English
- Trendspotting: Social Networks
- Roger's Wireless Commercial
- Internet Crash (the Onion)



Online Safety & Ethics

Questions to Consider:

- What are some of the personal dangers associated with the Internet?
- What are some ways to optimize personal safety?
- How can you keep your information safe on social networks?
- Will the things you post online matter to you in the future?

Videos and Links:

- Klicksafe "Where's Klaus?"
- "Children See, Children Do"
- "Everyone Knows your Name"
- "Think Before You Post"
- Virtual Global Taskforce
- "Everyone Knows your Name"
- "Think Before You Post"
- What is Cyberbullying (from SACP)
- Star Wars Kid (original) & Star Wars Kid (Drunken Jedi Remix)
- ABC News Story on Bullying
- "Real Life Stories" from Netsmartz
- "Let's Fight It Together" from Digizen
- Cyberbullying (Kitchen)
- Cyberbullying (Talent Show)
- Examples of Cyberbullying
- CyberSmart - Lessons (K-8)
- Think You Know (5-7)
- Think You Know (8-10)
- Privacy Playground



Critical Media Literacy


Questions to Consider:

- Do you think that you are influenced by the media, and if so, in what ways?
- What are differences and similarities between mainstream media and democratic media?
- What are ways of combating the influences of media?

Videos and Links:

- Dove Onslaught
- Prison Thriller vs. Prison Thriller "The Truth"
- The Pit Breakup (language warning)
- Bride Has Massive Hair Wigout