My school district does not have adequate policies in place to address cyberbullying or "digital aggression" (Nancy Willard's term -- love it!). Neither do we have a strong plan for teaching and supporting positive online behaviors. I sincerely appreciated being introduced to Ms. Willard's resources this week; her "Cyber Savvy: A Positive Norms Approach to Digital Safety" doc could serve as a significant starting point for a district, school, or classroom wishing to build a student culture that builds on positive expectations for individual students and the student body as a whole.
One can only find things when they look, and I'll admit to not previously spending a lot of time searching for digital citizenship and positive online culture resource materials for schools. This week, I ran across a couple of resources that will be great "shares" for teachers. Edutopia's "Five Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship" is among my favorites because it concisely provides teachers with great information AND a number of linked resources that would be useful in the classroom.
"While cyberbullying receives all the attention, the converse, positive online behavior, should be a primary focus. ...Instead of just reacting to negative behavior, we should also be focusing on how to facilitate and inspire positive behavior" (Ohler, 2015).
The partner-produced videos by Common Sense Education and Teaching Channel impressed me in the way they combined core content standards with discussions of digital citizenship, online safety, and developing positive online identities. There are so many ways digital citizenship can find its way into the classroom without it being "one more thing" teachers will be burdened with in already packed schedules. This week's resources were full of examples!
Almansi, C. (2011). Cyberbullying: An Interview with Nancy Willard. Educational Technology & Change. Retrieved from http://etcjournal.com/2011/02/14/cyberbullying-an-interview-with-nancy-willard-2/
Borovoy, A. (2014). Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship. Edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-digital-citizenship
Common Sense Media, Inc. (2015). Cyberbullying resources. Retrieved on 6 Apr 2015 from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/search/cyberbullying
Common Sense Media, Inc. (2015). Educator Video: Cyberbullying: What's Crossing the Line? Produced in partnership with Teaching Channel. Retrieved from
Common Sense Media, Inc. (2015). Educator Video: Making Digital Citizenship Personal. Produced in partnership with Teaching Channel. Retrieved from
Ohler, J. (2010). Digital Community, Digital Citizen. Corwin: Thousand Oaks, CA.
Willard, N. (2013). Cyber Savvy: A Positive Norms Approach to Digital Safety. Retrieved from http://jasonohler.com/digitalCitizenship/CybersavvyProgram.pdf