- Their posts, text messages, emails and the like likely exist somewhere and can be subpoenaed even after they delete them.
- Many employers will ask to see their social network and blog sites as a requisite for employment so they should keep those places clean and positive.
- Websites constantly monitor and collect information about them. They need to constantly consider what they "click" and what blanks they fill.
I looked at a few of the sites on the EdTech page and found two that I would use in class. The first one discusses my second thought above:
And this one discusses my third point above:
In an Algebra 2 class, it is hard to fit digital citizenry into my routine. So, I will incorporate it as I incorporate the technology. If we post to a blog as part of a task, I can use that time to discuss posting etiquette, cyber bullying and remind them of their digital footprint. If they make a video as part of a task, discuss what effect inappropriate videos, pictures and what they post might have on them in the future. I will use those "teachable moments" as they arise.
With respect to parents, I would broach the subject individually as I interact with them by phone, in conferences or via email.