When we first started this launch, our theme was ‘Relationships and Communication’. We stated,
“Relationships are built on our understandings of values and beliefs (family, community, cultural community, school). These values impact our behaviours and actions.”
This rings true again for this month’s theme. Cyberbullying is more complex than bullying as internet or any wifi allows a significant amplification of that message. No, it cannot be erased and the old adage of “sticks and stones” do not apply. Watch this video to learn what the RCMP describes as cyberbullying.
Now how does this connect with the person you want to be? Do you have a plan if cyberbullying occurs?
While there are many sites that students use and this list can change very quickly, what is important to keep in mind is the way in which sites are able to bring together a networked community. How do we help our children negotiate through, analyze and evaluate the content so they make informed decisions? For example, consider Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp. They can be great communities where you learn many things, share your creativity and comment on others’ work. They can also be places where negative comments run rampant. Consider this article, Children Ignore Age Limits by Opening Social Media Accounts. While this is a UK article, it is fairly common to hear in our schools, young students saying they have a personal Facebook or other social media account.
Ask your child where their digital conversations reside or that of their friends. A great conversation starter.
Have you ever walked on a sandy beach or a muddy trail, turned around only to see your footprints clearly left behind? The same thing happens when you enter the web world but the difference is your online activity can leave a permanent trail… a digital footprint that is a reflection of you. As every digital citizen has a significant amount of control over what is shared and how it is shared, what kind of footprint do you want to create as you walk in your daily digital path?
Don’t sweat! Your digital presence and reputation is in your hands. Choose to build a positive online identity – one that truly represents the kind of person you want to be. Before you share, stop and think about the identity you are choosing to build and maintain, and reflect on how it will affect your reputation now and in the future. Take pride in your digital footprint at any age. People in all walks of life will respond well to a positive online representation of you whether you are 10 or 110! Click here for classroom activities.
Check out other resources on digital footprint and reputation:
Continue to have conversations with your child about what they share online and the kind of reputation they are building. Make these discussions a regular everyday topic! Click here for a Family Tip Sheet on Privacy and Digital Footprints from Common Sense Media.
March was a short month filled with activity and Spring Break. The winner of Internet Safety Month was Satpaul Binng’s class at Maywood. Click here to see what they have to say. Their information was captured using Adobe Voice.
Stay tuned for April – Digital Footprint & Reputation.