Digital Citizenship has been a new topic of interest among schools across the U.S. The increase in cyberbullying and sexting incidents in school have caused school districts to figure out a way to teach appropriate ethics to students. Digital citizenship has become a way for schools to invite online safety speakers and law enforcement to discuss good digital ethics.
There is another movement called student digital leadership that is taking digital citizenship to the next level. It is defined as “using the vast reach of social media to improve the lives, well-being, and circumstances of others” (Couros, 2013). The emphasis is more on how students can use social media to connect with experts and college professors outside of their classroom. How students can develop empathy towards one another and how to take on social justice issues.
In order to explore this new trend, we invited author Jennifer Casa-Todd to discuss her new book SocialLEADia. SocialLEADia highlights examples of students and teachers that use technology and social media to move past the cyber safety/ cyber ethics and move towards social leadership. The book highlights how students can use social media to address inequality and social justice issues. Jennifer and I discussed some of the following topics:
Questions I Asked Jennifer about Social Leadership:
- How Do You Define Digital Leadership For Students?
- What is The Difference Between Digital Citizenship and Social Leadership?
- Why is It Important for Students to Reach Out to Experts Outside of the Classroom?
- How Can Teachers Buy Into a Social Leadership Curriculum?
- Give Us Your Top Tips for Parents to Teach Social Leadership.
In this Episode, You Will Learn:
- What Employers Look on Student’s Social Media Pages
- How Positive Social Media Posts Lead to Incredible Business Opportunities for Students
- Why Digital Citizenship is Often Confused with Cybersafety
- The Top Tips for Using Social Media to Reach Out to Experts and College Professors
- Why Social Leadership is Key to Social Justice Movements
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Social Leaders Hall of Fame List
Aiden Aird- 8th grade student that created a website to celebrate other STEM students Developinginnovations.org
Joshua Williams- Joshua is the founder of Joshua Hearts witch is a Non Profit Organization that that provide food and groceries to the homeless Joshua Hearts
Khloe Thompson- Khloe founded Khloe Cares at the age of 9. Khloe and her grandmother sews handmade cloth bags, then fills them with feminine hygiene products, soap, toothpaste, and other necessities;then hands them out to homeless women Khloe Cares.
Caine Monroy- Caine build his own custom arcade at the age of 9 out of his father’s auto part store. EA Sports has offered Caine an internship to learn how to design video games. He has also raised almost 250k in scholarship money. Canie’s Arcade
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