I had a teacher mention to me recently that she felt uncomfortable teaching digital citizenship to her elementary-level kids. She felt she didn’t know enough about using computers to actually be the one teaching her kids.
Here’s a super-quick message to teachers and parents who might find themselves in this same nervous-sphere: You know more than you think. Think of anything you would teach any child about being a good person. Now add the word “online” to your guidance:
If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything…online.
Don’t show yourself naked…online.
Don’t bully people…online.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you…online.
Don’t lie, cheat, or steal….online.
Our instincts to guide our children in real life interactions translate over to the digital world and digital interactions too. This tip about adding the word “online” is a great starter tip. As the kids get older, the conversations certainly get more complex, so recognize that soon you will have to raise your game…sooner than you expect, so get started educating yourself now.
But with little ones, you can start here.
Thanks for the easy guidance on this years ago, Kevin Honeycutt. Just passing on the love to others.