Mary Beth Hertz lives in the real world of her classroom in Philadelphia, PA. She also thinks deeply using the technologies of the virtual world. A voice from the trenches worth listening to! ~ Dennis
Teaching digital citizenship and internet safety is a lot more meaningful when students can engage in authentic online experiences.
While we shouldn't stop teaching children how to say "please" and "thank you," and bullies still exist in the face-to-face world, it is vital that we treat online safety and digital citizenship with the same amount of seriousness and attention. Students as young as 6 are joining social networks and conversing with other kids through online gaming and networks built around their favorite TV shows and movies as well as through products they see on TV.
Via Dennis T OConnor