1.2 Digital Citizen

Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.

My post, Digital Privacy, and Responsibility in Middle School Students pointed out the urgency to prepare our students, especially secondary students, for a digital future that is safe, healthy, and effective, and the need to help students to take caution in their personal data and information use. As a result, cyberbullying and online harassment often happen because of irresponsible online behaviors, leading to depression and even suicide in real life.    

My research and learning in this standard emphasized that educators need to be aware of teaching the concept of privacy and digital identity to students. It is not just for secondary students. It needs to be built into a curriculum with scope and sequence from an early to ensure they are well-prepared and responsible for creating a safe and secure digital environment for others.    

Moreover, school leaders and educators must partner with families, become aware, and begin addressing the need to help students understand the concept of privacy when they establish online identification to prepare them to be responsible adults in the digital age.