Having three children of my own, I am very aware of the importance of cyber safety, but until reflection on Tessa Miller’s blog “Cyber safety: everyday in everywhere” I had not considered the significance of social media to the formation of the identify of children and adolescents.
After engaging with the ACMA resources I came to an understanding that rather than emphasising safety, the emphasis should be on digital citizenship. Thus, empowering children and adolescents to participate online in a positive force (Slocombe, 2013). The ACMA resources promote:
Engage positively: Exercising your rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen
Know your online world: Learning new skills and digital technologies
Choose consciously: Taking charge of how you interact online
As an educator, I will be promoting the digital citizenship of my students.
Yours in ICT
Slocombe, J. (2013, August 6). Safety first, but citizenship the goal. Retrieved from http://engage.acma.gov.au/cybersmart/2013/08/safety-first-but-citizenship-the-goal/