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DIGITAL SYSTEMS: CSER task 5 - Information Systems

Option 1: Think of a lesson idea for "sharing information online safely" or "behaving online appropriately". Write your idea as a brief description with any links to websites, videos or books that you might use in your lesson.

Digital Citizenship has to be a key area of focus in the modern classroom with the access to online digital devices that all students have today.

The transference of behaving appropriately in class and the playground must now apply to behaving appropriately online. Two key concepts I reiterate in my class are: one, if you would not say it to someone's face then don't type it online; and two, don't be a bystander. This last concept my students are most familiar with. What students require today, is ways of being responsible when inappropriate situations occur. 

I am a big fan of Common Sense Education.  Here you will find a vast array of resources for teaching in the digital age. One lesson idea I have used to reinforce appropriate online behaviour is Cyerbullying: Be Upstanding where students are presented with scenarios on how to judge the impact of words expressed online. This particular lesson is geared for Upper Primary. I love the message here of learning to not be a passive bystander but a brave upstander! What's good about this session is the rich discussion that happens in class and creative ideas generated about identifying real solutions for dealing with inappropriate online behaviour. Students need to develop their confidence to do the right thing and this will occur when they are given real and practical demonstrations of how they can take positive steps and not be a bystander.


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