A digital citizenship agenda for educators

I couldn’t agree more with this call from Steve Watson and Naomi Barnes:

Greater digital literacy is often the recommendation for dealing with the effects of social media within society, but this ignores the fact that educators are actively involved in these conversations not simply aware they exist. Many educators are already experts in understanding the social, political, cultural and technological dimensions (i.e., platform capitalism) aspects of their work and simply recommending more digital literacy is unhelpful. What is needed is a discussion about what to do about it. As such, our recommendation is for the co-design of digital citizenship knowledge for educators. Digital citizenship requires an understanding of the forces at work in the digital environment but also how to safely and ethically engage in an environment that that exists. For example, Barnes (2020) recommends that school leaders have conversations with teachers about their social media usage as a part of school leadership responsibility to staff welfare.


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