Teach Young Students About E-Safety and Fake News – We must introduce students to the concept of ‘Fake News’. Additionally, teach students about safe online activity, and the threats of internet grooming, sexting, cyberbullying and identity theft. We must ask students to cross-examine all information before they develop a complete trust in any of the news.
Challenge Covert Advertising Which Has Greater Impact on Young Minds – It is a proven fact in many kinds of research studies that promotions and advertisements have a more significant impact on children’s minds. For example, junk food TV ads have been shown to make children hungry and tempted. Teachers should train children to understand and examine the commercial reasons behind every advertisement.
Encourage Students to Think Ethically and Emotionally – To teach students about digital citizenship, and ethical dimension is required. It is essential to teach children how to behave in an online environment where the public and private worlds are blurred.
Create Digital Ambassadors – In any school, there are a group of people who are digital innovators. These groups can be used to serve as digital ambassadors who can plan and execute different kinds of youth leadership programmes revolving around the responsible use of technology and digital citizenship.
Statistics and Research
- India is the second-fastest digital adopter among 17 major digital economies.
- The growth of 297 million new users represents a year-on-year increase of more than 10 per cent. In January 2019, 3.26 billion people used social media on mobile devices.
- 75% increase in internet users has been noted since 2014.
When it comes to introducing digital citizenship, we can’t bury our heads in the sand. Instead, it should be the joint venture of the government, school, parents, teachers, and leaders to use digital media for the betterment of society. Using social media and technology is like the age-old question of the chicken or the egg. It is the collective responsibility of leaders, administrators, teachers and parents to train young minds in such a way that they must be able to efficiently decide whether spending time on social media and the internet is a waste of an investment.
Very much needed