Digital literacy is the ability;
- to understand,
- to evaluate,
- and analyze information
by using digital technology.
It involves a working knowledge of current high-technology, and an understanding of how it can be used. Digitally literate people can communicate and work more efficiently, especially with those who possess the same knowledge and skills.
Research around digital literacy is concerned with wider aspects associated with learning how to effectively find, use, summarize, evaluate, create, and communicate information while using digital technologies, not just being literate at using a computer.-source-
DIGITAL LITERACY IN THE CLASSROOM
While it’s great to know what Digital Literacy is, why it’s important, and how it affects us , the real question is often how do I translate this into value for my learners.
Students need to create in order to learn and with the digital literacy, the opportunities become wider. With digital literacy, the efficiency of learning rises up and become more entertaining for students and teachers!-source-
CATEGORIES of BUILDING DIGITAL LITERACY ;
- Usingsoftware and applications
- Using a Computer or Mobile Device
- Using the internet
- Communicating on the web
The internet has become an integral part of our and our children’s lives. A world has opened up which offers many positive opportunities.
Children start using computers from a very early age and are increasingly using the Internet more and more whether it is at home, in school, on their mobile phones or on a games console. With this in mind, Internet Safety and knowing how to help protect children and young people online is essential.
Just as we want to keep our child safe in the real world, we will want to do the same in the virtual world. It is important that we understand enough about the Internet to keep our children safe from harm but is equally important that we equip our children with the skills they need to keep themselves safe so they can experience the Internet positively and responsibly.
ADVICE ON E-SAFETY
ZIP IT means keeping their personal stuff private and thinking about what they say or do online.
BLOCK IT reminds them to block people who send them nasty messages and not to open any links and attachments they receive by email or through social networks if they’re not 100 per cent sure they’re safe.
FLAG IT is the final piece of advice. It stands for flagging up to a parent, guardian, teacher or someone in authority anything that upsets them while they are online or if someone asks them to meet up in the real world.
The aim of promoting e-safety is to protect young people from adverse consequences of access or use of electronic media,including from;
- inapproate sexulised behaviour
- or explotaion. -source-
Cyberbullying is an electronic form of communication that uses cyber-technology or digital media to hurt, threaten, embarrass, annoy, blackmail or otherwise target another minor.
One reason for such a dramatic increase in cyber-abuse is that it’s just so much easier to be cruel when you don’t have to do lash out vicious insinuations face to face and you can do so anonymously! -source-
4 ADVICES TO STUDENTS TO PREVENT CYBER-BULLING BEFORE !!!
- STOP,BLOCK and TELL! (Do not respond to any cyber-bulling mesage,block the person and tell a trusted adult.)
- Think before you click
Keep personal information private and STREGTHEN SECURITY OF YOUR PASSWORD.
NOTE: How to strengthen security of password?
a)Divide the password by numbers(num123ber)
b) Add dot behind the password(number.)
c) Have different password for each sites without forgeting it by adding initial letter behind password(numberg(mail)/f(facebook)
4)Google yourself!(conduct frequent searches for your own personal information and set alerts.)- you can use “GOOGLE ADVANCED SEARCH”.
Here are 11 signs to watch for that may be warnings that your teen is being cyberbullied;
1. Hesitant to be online or unexpectedly stops or avoids using the computer
2. Nervous when an Instant Message, text or Email appears (Watch your child’s response)
3. Visibly upset, angry, or depressed after using the computer or cell phone
4. Hides or clears the computer screen or cell when you enter or doesn’t want to talk about online activity
5. Starts using the computer when you’re not in the room (a change in pattern)
6. Keeps going back and forth to check screen in shorter spurts
7. Withdraws from friends, wants to avoid school or peer activities or uneasy about going outside in general, pulls away from family members
8. Suddenly sullen, evasive withdrawn, marked change in personality or behavior
9. Trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, excessively moody or crying, seems depressed
10. Suspicious phone calls, e-mails and packages arrives at your home
11. Possible drop in academic performance or falls behind in schoolwork
What Can Teachers Do to Reduce Future Occurrences of Bullying?
1)Discuss Bullying: Give students the opportunity to discuss bullying. Have the class come up with rules against bullying and involve them in determining that bullying behavior is unacceptable.
2)Teach Cooperation: Teach cooperation by assigning projects that require collaboration. Such cooperation teaches students how to compromise and how to assert without demanding.
3)Develop a Plan: Develop a classroom action plan to ensure that students know what to do when they observe a bully-victim confrontation.
4)Take Immediate Action: Take immediate action when bullying is observed.
5)Confront in Private: Confront bullies in private. Challenging bullies in front of their peers may actually enhance their status and lead to further aggression.
6)Involve Parents: Notify parents of both victims and bullies when a confrontation occurs. -source-