How great is it that schools are beginning to implement curriculum around digital citizenship? Even the term implies the importance of it– we live in an age where we are expected to be digitally savvy, and yet comes with that the need to be a “citizen” of that space. The same way we are citizens of our homes, our schools, our state, our country. This work is so very important.
My new book, Edge the Bare Garden, is the story of a girl who sees the opportunity to get revenge online against the people who tormented her in grade school. My hope is that it opens up conversations about what our responsibilities are to ourselves and each other online. Here are three titles that I have been using to create a presentation to give to schools on this topic.
Extreme Mean, by Paula Todd, is similar to So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed in that it is filled with anecdotes about how the online world can easily spin out of control. What’s great about this book is that it’s filled with examples that are relevant to young people, including horrible instances of cyberbullying. I will be referring to this book a lot when I talk to kids this year, particularly Chapter 19 (The Maddening Crowd: How Online Bystanders Fuel Cyberabuse). YES.
LOL… OMG, by Matt Ivester, is a great resource for teachers and parents. It is short, precise, and organized in such a way that it lends itself to an excellent weeklong unit. (Each chapter even has key takeaways!) This book had me rethinking my own online presence, and how I need to practice what I preach about being careful online.
Screen-Smart Parenting, by Jodi Gold, is a really interesting book about finding balance with technology in the home. I know I find this difficult. What I liked was that this was not a “technology is terrible” book (I strongly believe it’s not!) but more about seeing apps and devices as something that need to be monitored closely and used respectfully.
What other great reads on digital citizenship am I missing?