Who am I online?

Diagnostic activity for kids to see how they act online, see how others see them and where they are putting themselves at risk.

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In this activity students were introduced to the topic of digital citizenship. After a 15 minute discussion on what they knew about the topic and what their expectations were in relation to what would be seen, we allowed them time to share one or two stories that they either read or experienced to illustrate how important it is to stay safe online. 

The challenge:

After the students had had a chance to share their ideas and experiences, we challenged them to participate in an activity that would show them who they were online. Using a tool called Socrative, they answered a quiz about how they behaved online, how they acted and reacted in relation to several situations and what kinds of technology they used in their daily lives. The questions were created by a digital law specialist based on the main cases she has worked with because of bad use of the internet. The questions were also based on the observed high risk behaviors the students had online as they did their schoolwork. 

The students got feedback in real time and could see the class profile for online behavior (no one is individually exposed and the answers are anonymous). After every question they got feedback by the teacher or specialist on the impact of such behavior. They either were being good online citizens or were putting themselves at risk. We then introduced the topics we'd be discussing more in depth in later lessons, such as password privacy, use of images, plagiarism and more. The discussion was very much guided by the student answers and the feedback was personalized, making it much more meaningful to them. They saw how it pertained to their reality and were more attentive when we talked about the different practices. They also got to see for themselves what type of digital citizen they were being.

Next lessons:

The next class we gave the students some conceptual background knowledge about digital citizenship and digital laws, illustrating each point with real case studies and news articles. We then finished the third and last lesson with best practice tips, such as "How to create a safe password" or "How to protect your privacy in social media". 


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