Before I became a parent, I imagined teaching my children important lessons of safety and sharing around a sandbox or swing. However, I quickly learned that some of the most relevant lessons of citizenship I need to impart are done so in front of the computer screen.
As I watch how quickly young children develop and become immersed in online lives, I know how crucial teaching digital citizenship is for even our youngest consumers.
So I’m pleased to say Teaching Channel has again teamed up with a resource I often point students and parents to -- Common Sense Media -- to go inside classrooms where students are getting hands-on instruction in safe, responsible, and meaningful ways to use the Internet. And as you’ll see, when these important lessons are also fun, kids respond!
All three of our lessons today come from an elementary school in Omaha, Nebraska where students are creating digital superheroes, analyzing the digital trail of fictional characters, and sending formal emails to the principal.
Mr. Pane’s fifth graders create comic books featuring digital citizen superheroes who act safely, responsibly, and respectfully online. At the end of the lesson, students share their work through a gallery walk.