Essay about Techology in Schools

6988 Words Apr 27th, 2016 28 Pages
Digital Citizenship in K-12:
It Takes a Village
Randy Hollandsworth, Lena Dowdy, and Judy Donovan

Students will require awareness that online behaviors can impact people within their immediate circle of friends but also outside of that circle.
Abstract
Digital citizenship encompasses a wide range of behaviors with varying degrees of risk and possible negative consequences. Lack of digital citizenship awareness and education can, and has, led to problematic, even dangerous student conduct. If our educational village does not address these issues, the digital culture establishes its own direction, potentially pushing a productive, long-term solution further out of reach. By tapping into the experience of various
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10). The growing level of Internet access and student use, both in and out of school, raises the question, ‘Who will own this challenge of guiding students toward a productive and safe technological society?’.
That society will be defined by effective attitudes and practices in digital decision making, ethical and legal issues, online safety, consumer security, and technology related health issues.
As stated by Weigel, James, and Gardner
(2009), “many American youth are introduced to digital media at relatively young ages and spend more time engaging with digital media at critical development stages than their older counterparts did” (p. 8). According to the
Pete Blackshaw, an executive vice-president of the Nielson Company (2009), the online population of youth, grades 2-11, number
“boys at 8,040,000 and girls at 7,927,000” (p. 1).
As the Internet has gone mobile, the Nielson
Company reports that by age ten over half of youth own or borrow a cell phone, while six out of ten own a cell phone at age eleven, and threefourths of youth age twelve own a cell phone
(p.1). The accessibility and use of studentbased digital connectivity is inevitable both in
K-12 and outside of school. Thus, returning our thoughts to the question of who will take on the challenge of supporting the growth of an effective digital society. The goal of this paper is to provide a shared understanding of the current state of digital citizenship. It further seeks

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