Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is a new issue in today's culture.
 I chose to talk about the risks of social networking, technology overuse/misuse, and illegal downloads.

Social networking can be a fun pass time as well as a fun way to update friends and family about your life. While updating friends and family others that we may not wish to know our lives are often updated as well. This can be scary and can make one feel uneasy. There are many issues that can arise from the information that we put at other's fingertips. We place our children, our jobs, and often information that we disclose without even realizing it. This can create a heaven for hackers and predators. While we do this surfing on our social networks, we must realize that children are doing the same. They are browsing other's personal information and clicking links that take them to other sites. These other sites too often display pornographic images. According to Roblyer and Doeling as many as 42% of internet users between the ages of 10-17 see pornographic images without seeking them out (p. 16). This is why all home computers and computers that children use should have filters. While these filters do not stop everything, they can curve the problem and help guard children. A problem that hits closer to home for me is cyberbullying. There was a 7th grade girl in my hometown that killed herself over cyberbullying this past school year. It is a hurtful way for children to hurt other children without having to be too bold. This happens often and children should be aware that it is not just them. Children should also be educated on how to stop it from ever starting. This happens with the use of cell phones, facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites.
Technology overuse is something that is becoming more common as people have many different kinds of technology at their fingertips. According to Roblyer and Doeling studies show that safety is affected when multiple technologies are used while trying to complete other teasks (p. 16). While wanting to stay up to date on all information people are beginning to become addicted to technology. They literally can not put it down. Other aspects of their lives are suffering from neglect and simple mistakes because of the inability to concentrate on tasks at hand. Illegal downloads are changing the way that our media works. There is a $51 billion dollar loss in the industry each year (p.19).

Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A.H. (2013).Integrating Educational Technology into teaching. USA: Pearson Eduation, Inc.

Below is a link about the risks of social networking

This is my Prezi  which is intended to teach children a little about digital citizenship in a brief form.
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References for prezi

       Common sense media. (n.d.). Protecting Kids From Cyberbullying. PBS. Retrieved June 11, 2013, from http://www.pbs.org/parents/childrenandmedia/article-protecting-kids-from-cyberbullying.html

       Gaylord, D. (April 29, 2012). Too Much Technology. Witchita Eagle. Retrieved June 11. 2013, from http://www.kansas.com/2012/04/29/2315378/too-much-technology-idisorder.html

      Mcmillan, M. (n.d.). A Note on Illegal Downloading. NYU. Retrieved June 10, 2013, from http://www.nyu.edu/its/news/archives/2012/11/a_note_on_illegal_downloading_1.html

      Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A.H. (2013).Integrating Educational Technology into teaching. USA: Pearson Eduation, Inc.


  1. I completely agree with what you stated about the technology misuse. I find myslef spending way too much time on any digital device. I have a laptop, iphone, and ipad. It's so easy to just pick up my phone and look on the internet or play a game. I see so many people in their cars on their phones. I am already worried about my own personal children misusing their phones while driving. We have a no texting law here, but I don't think it's enforced enough.

  2. We chose two of the same topics (technology misuse/abuse and risks of social networking). Technology is becoming more frightening by the day. I see so many young children with iPhones, ipads, etc. at their disposal with very little supervision. Many parents don't realize the various risks that are involved including cyberporn and cyberbullying. I think it would behoove us all to become more cautious. Great presentation!