Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Teaching Cybercitizenship

by Rob Clarke, Educator @ Seven Oaks School and consultant at - +Rob Clarke or @robclarke

Here is a post from a recent session at my school where we initiated some learning about cybercitizenship. The process we undertook was quite straightforward but the dialogue/discussions it is creating have been fascinating... this is aimed at parents but for educators you will see the process we went through (hopefully) quite clearly...
Today we began a series of sessions for students to help them learn about what sort of citizen they are in the online world. This is particularly important at the age and stage many of our senior students are at.

Here is an overview of what we did and ideas for how this can be transferred into the home:
  1. Firstly we did a survey of the tools/services we use to connect and communicate - this entailed us brainstorming the various tools students use and how many of use are using each one. Many of the tools on this list are ones the adults in the room were unaware of (and you might be also unaware of them). We've put the numbers of students next to the tool/service who said they used it (students may not have wanted to share this so it is likely an estimate), what percentage of our students in total are using the tool/service and some blanks columns we'll fill in as we go.  

  2. Next we played this movie clip from about the dangers of social media sharing for teens as a way to get the students thinking about what they are doing, or what their 'friends' are doing. Note I put the word 'friends' in inverted commas as this term is pretty loose in the online world. Here is this movie which we strongly encourage you to watch with your young people at home and have a discussion together: 

  3. The third aspect of this session is to get students to consider what happens to the stuff I share online so they can get a sense of how easily information (video, audio, text, etc.) can be in on-shared in online spaces. This is set as a task for students to consider then we will invite a couple of them to present to the group to explore how this can happen.

  4. Lastly, to conclude this first session, we introduced a great tool called the Triple Filter Test. Originally credited as coming from Socrates, this is a test of any kind of information coming at you, or in some cases from you. This is something we think our learners can 'take with them' to help guide them in their journey.
    The second aspect of goodness is particularly interesting in the online world as it delves into areas such as morals and ethics, which ultimately children will need to decide for themselves, with the help/modelling/support of the great adults around them.
We encourage all parents to go through this session, watch the video with your son/daughter, and begin the conversations which will help us in how we are trying to guide the students at school.

by Rob Clarke, Educator @ Seven Oaks School and consultant at

1 comment:

  1. Great post, digital safety should be a part of every lesson that uses the web! I think one of the most important aspects that can build good digital citizens and keep our kids safe is open and honest conversations at home. We need need to help and educated parents in how to have these conversations with their children. I love teaching kids 'The Grandma Rule'. "If you wouldn't show it, say it, or text it to Grandma, don't post, type, or send it."