This is a professional development blog for Nottingham Elementary. We'll be discussing books we have read as a group. Our discussions will be focused on gifted children.
I completely understand how social media is a slippery slope. While most students must be 13 years old to even have social media accounts, we know that students still engaged in social media, even with their parents permission. Teachers find themselves on a slippery slope because of our code of ethics. We definitely shouldn't be adding are students as friends on social media as that is a Code of Ethics violation. So what do we do to safely help students to use social media? I agree with the author about it being a greater service to teach students how to use social media safely and appropriately (Kindle location 1360). What we should do is digital citizenship and Online safety. I personally go through the Professor Garfield lab. It has engaging videos, multiple choice questions, and drag & drop options for students. It also has a narrative story of how what they do affects others. I also use the BrainPOP videos as well but I feel the Professor Garfield speaks well to my third graders. This leads to better discussions online through our academic plaforms itslearning.
I agree we need to make sure they kids are smart and safe when dealing with social media. We have to hope for the best and hope the students are being smart. I love your idea Annie about exposing them to all the online safety programs and sites they have out there.
I agree with Annie Mitchell's response regarding social media and students on June 16th. It's like Panora's box. All kinds of things will come out, but in that, also good things come out. As teachers, it's important to teach students how to use social media in a positive way. If you teach to use it in appropriate ways, " students can grasp the importance of social media as a tool that should be used and respected. " Page 79.
I agree with Annie Mitchell's response about teaching digital citizenship. I believe covering the RUP is a must. We should not allow students to use school technology if he/she and the parents have not signed it.
I can help students learn how to use social media safely by digital citizenship courses, but more by using social media safely in a structured format, so there is room to fail safely. I love Edmodo where my setting is that I receive an email immediately when a student posts. I can reply to the email quickly or delete it if necessary. I have only had to delete after multiple silliness, not serious misconduct. On page 78 the author writes: The OMGs, LOLs, and duck-faced selfies do not impress prospective employers or school administrators. Most of the students learn to identify an inappropriate posting by mid year. One parent even came to conference saying he saw his son's Edmodo account and the responses other students gave him. He realized his son had difficulty socially online. He son did adjust his style slightly, and now he is ready to be handed over to Ms. Mitchell and company for his next lessons.
I agree Melanie. Those Common Sense lessons are so necessary, I am glad they build by grade level.
Edmodo is a great way for students to practice using social media appropriately.
@Annie, I will have to find out about Professor Garfield lab, but will resist using it so it is a fresh resource for the following year. Thanks for sharing. I do use BrainPop and the resource given us by Safe Schools.
We have to make sure the students know how serious and dangerous social media is. It's important for them to know what is put online can be deleted, but it's never really gone. They know first hand how easy it is to lie when creating an account and being somebody they don't say they are because they lie about their age just to get the account open. I like how on page 88 and 89 they talk about being responsible and taking pride in their digital brand. It gave an example of Ben and how he talked poorly/angrily about his sport teams when they had a bad season. He knew it was wrong and he went back and tried to make amends for what he said. He took responsibility for his remarks and tried to make it better. We definitely need to teach the student that it's important to think before they place anything online. We have to give them the tools and examples of what is right and wrong.
@Mrs. Breidenthal. While we should to show how social media is serious and maybe dangerous, we are tasked to show how empowering it is for them. It creates opportunities that were once unimaginable.
Social media is dangerous. That's what makes them powerful. Therefore it's even more vital that as educators, we need and must teach them to use it appropriately. That it is a means to gain knowledge, and therefore must be respected. Knowdlge is power and with it carries responsibilities. When we start our study on common sense media unit, we start with BrainPOP and it's appropriate use for the internet, blogs and other social media. We then act out scenarios in dealing with situations that causes inappropriateness and how to handle them. It' fun for the kids to role play but they also learn to remember the phrases Andes it being played out. Kids also create reason why the internet is there for us and what it's useful purpose for us as learners are. We role play scenarios that demonstrate what being respectful and showing etiquette means in terms of using the internet. Page 79 and 80. I paraphrase to the students what Don says " Treat yourself like a professional online, everyone else will." Page 81.
I agree with the author when he says a little training in social media etiquette goes along way p. 80. Not only does it help the student use a tool responsibly but appropriately. Most students understand online stranger danger. We have made great strides in many not giving out or sharing information that would make them vulnerable to predators. But there is still that struggle with communicating respectfully and appropriately with others. His survey results did not surprise me. People, including students, seem to think that you can speak or hide behind a keyboard and say anything. When teaching students how to use Google via the district's site, they are reminded that all talk must be educational. I found Ben's story on p. 88 to be funny too! He had misused a media site and because he did not want it come back and haunt him, he wrote the company and ask them to remove his inappropriate postings. Students need to understand that once said, it is there forever. I teach the AUP/RUP. It is very necessary.
Screen Saver July 8, 2017I agree 100% with your statement on how many people feel as though some of the rules by which we interact with others (e.g., being respectful) don't apply when we are online. As children grow older peers become a greater influence and in this digital age, the hurt inflicted by a mean comment are exponentially compounded since instead of being shared among 3 or 4 people, can now be shared almost instantaneously with hundreds or thousands. I also agree with you on the importance of students learning the power of their words and building this online etiquette into any lesson in which students will be using social media.
I like how he points out that we shouldn't ban or discourage students from using social media. Instead we should teach them how to use it safely and appropriately (Kindle location 1345). Kids will access them at some point, whether at home or school, and it's important for us to teach them the importance of using it appropriately. We can use various videos that can be found on Brainpop Jr. or http://www.netsmartz.org/NetSmartzKids.
In Kindergarten, we teach the students 3 different digital citizenship lessons that I know will be very powerful for them. I think that at that age social media is starting to become known for them.. they might see their mom's Facebook page or their sibling's Instagram. Growing up with a sibling so much younger than me (about 15 years), I was amazed when she made her own Instagram page at age 6! That shows that they know a lot more about technology/social media than we may give them credit at times! I found the sentence "When you treat yourself like a professional online, everyone else will" (pg. 81) very powerful. I think that instilling this at a young age would help support them into becoming digital citizens leading from the start.
Because the consequences of what is said over social media are not instant, many people find it difficult to connect action with the consequence. As an educator, I am able to prepare students through digital citizenship lessons and activities as well as helping students to see the effects of negative posts on social media (Wettrick, 2014, pg. 78-79).Another idea could be to work in pairs or to have a buddy as a sounding board before posting online. This additional input could act as another filter before posting.