Lester B. introduced a new program to teach “digital citizenship” this month.
The board has decided that rather than pretending technology doesn’t exist and blocking it out of its schools, it will teach students to be responsible digital citizens who can safely navigate the cyber world.
Read more: http://goo.gl/hTkVu
It’s important that we recognize that blocking these sites is useless; the kids will use them anyway. Education should be about teaching how to use, when to use, what constitues abuse and more. Pretending it does not exist? Ostriches do that. Schools should not.
One funny note from the article:
For example, a few years ago, students at St. Thomas High School in Pointe Claire got into trouble after starting a “burn book” on Facebook that compiled nasty remarks about teachers. Students have also been known to film screaming and swearing teachers and post it on YouTube.
These would be among the unacceptable behaviours the board wants to avoid. Cyberbullying is another. Students also will learn about avoiding the pitfall of saying things in a text message they wouldn’t dare say in person.
I would think that the behaviour we may want to focus on avoiding here might be the “screaming and swearing teachers” above and beyond the filming of them. The one thing that we can be certain of is that the teacher who doesn’t scream and swear will NEVER be filmed doing so. 🙂