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  1.' DK says:

    Great insights and supporting material here John – thank you. 
    Came across this and thought yourself and others following would find it of interest – Google have launched a "Understanding YouTube & Digital Citizenship" – an interactive curriculum aimed to support teachers of secondary students (approximately ages 13-17).
    Check it out:

  2. John Fenaughty says:

    Awesome DK – what a cute and awesome video – and great way to look at some of the issues as they apply to YouTube and then broader – on the money. Thanks heaps.

  3. Great to see the link to Mike Ribble's work at the end of your post John. It's interesting that in his Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship he leads with Digital Access:

    1.   Digital Access:   full electronic participation in society. 
    Technology users need to be aware of and support electronic access for all to create a foundation for Digital Citizenship. Digital exclusion of any kind does not enhance the growth of users in an electronic society. All people should have fair access to technology no matter who they are.  Places or organizations with limited connectivity need to be addressed as well.  To become productive citizens, we need to be committed to equal digital access.

    What do you think about broadening the discussion beyond cybersafety?

  4. Really enjoyed the scope and breadth of this, John. In particular, what has struck me was your focus on "teaching people how to be safe is not always going to keep them safe". This reflects a real paradigm shift, which I think is still in development, around what we perceive the online world to be. A deficit approach, based on fear, lack of experence or media-hype, can often be perceived in the way people talk about students being online…and yet the possibilities for collaboration, creation, experiencing new forms of knowledge surely outweigh the disadvantages.

    And teaching people how to be safe can't be done easily via add-on modules…we are talking about an integrated curriculum approach, based on what we believe and value about young people and about education; it's thinking about the way we protect/guide/support students to maximise those opportunities safely.

    A couple of links related to this, for others reading this post, that might be useful:

    > the e-Learning Planning Framework embeds Digital Citizenship with the teaching – digital Key Competencies, if you will. Lots of great resources to support this: Digital Citizenship on Enabling e-Learnng on TKI.

    > A post I wrote recently – Tapscott's TED talk on principles for an open world  – strongly makes the point that the opportunities vastly outweigh the (perceived) challenge.

    A final thought, re: Chrissie's post….I wonder whether we are increasingly shifting from cybersafety, to cybersecurity (in terms of identity, privacy etc) and whether Digital Citizenship actually presents a wider view on the idea of being 'safe' online.

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