I still constantly go back to this post because our digital world is changing faster than educational institutions can keep up with and regulate. This goes for all grades K-12 through college. At what point do we stop focusing on teaching about digital citizenship or proper online/social media behavior and start modeling what that looks like as an educator? Especially when having communication with students through this medium can be gray and tricky?
Over the year I have become more of a systems kind of focused educator. How are our systems and security keeping up given the current state our nation is in? Even with the trials for the January 6th riots, educators that were employed by school districts/universities that attended the riots and could have been broadcasted and students see, got to keep their job. Teachers who were fired for attending, have sued their district and another one actually won a seat on the school board after being fired. This educator who went against our government, was now in charge of a school board. Who then determines what proper behavior is?
Furthermore, I write about the importance about accessibility in this post, but what does that look like for our special needs students. As a parent of son that is on the autism spectrum, this is something I constantly think about. Are schools also adapting how discipline looks like for students with cognitive, social, or emotional delays in the digital realm?
Given the current concerns of school violence in our country, how are schools incorporating new platforms that allow anonymity (Discord, Whisper) in applying behavior management violations if reported a threat? Also, with new ways of interacting online, how does a threat look like from a student if they are "liking" a harmful post? This area is very gray and contains many layers of how dangerous it can be, but it is still something important to consider being as the rules are not keeping up with the actions.
Media Literacy Book Creator
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