With our current digital citizenship lesson in grades 4 and 5, we have been discussing ‘Spider-Sense’ and the Internet. There are three big ideas that we reviewed:
- The Internet is forever; be thoughtful about what you post, text, share or comment
- Privacy online is never guaranteed; if you don’t want the world to see it then don’t put it online
- Use your Spider-Sense – ‘ listen to your inner voice’ – if you aren’t sure, re-think and question it.
In order to help students visual this, we asked them to think of a red balloon. Once the student has sent a photo, texted a friend, shared an experience, etc. the red balloon is released and it is out of their hands. The student can no longer control where the digital message goes, who sees it or what someone might do with that digital message.
We strongly encouraged students to talk to their parents about social media. If something comes up that they are uncomfortable with then talk with your folks.
The Internet is a wonderful place full of information, creativity ideas and learning communities. However students need to be thoughtful and savvy when participating in this gigantic digital world. Talk to your child today about social media!