Citizenship Leads to Digital Citizenship
Digital Citizenship is key for children and adults alike in todays' technology driven society. However, at the kindergarten level, most technology use is at it's least interactive with other people. Children in kindergarten generally use pre-selected apps and games on tablets, making digital citizenship lessons dificult to understand. Citizenship, however, is something that kindergarten children need. If children cannot be good citizens in real life, it stands to reason that teaching the ideas of digital citizenship would be difficult, if not impossible. To this end, citizenship should be taught at this level. It is also a key element of both the common core standards, as well as the Information Fluency Continuum.
Empire State Information Fluency Continuum Standard 3
DEMONSTRATING SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY “I am a citizen.” An independent learner contributes to the learning community by seeking multiple perspectives, sharing his or her understandings with others, and using information and resources ethically
-- Empire State IFC
Empire State IFC Link
Digital Citizenship and Kindergarten Learning Targets
In Kindergarten, not all of the areas of digital citizenship are developmentally appropriate. Some of them, like creative credit and copyright, should be taught at a higher grade level. However, the themes below are appropriate, and even necessary for kindergarten students, although they are to be taught as citizenship, not digital.
Privacy and Security -- trusted adults, keeping safe in real life.
Self Image and Identity -- I know things that I like, I know what I don't like myself.
Relationships and Communications -- I can express my feelings to others in a positive way.
Cyberbullying and Digital Drama -- I know how to be a good friend, versus a bully. I know how to avoid drama.
Digital Footprint and Reputation -- reputation is important, but digital footprint is n/a
Creative Credit and Copyright -- n/a for kindergarten
Information Literacy -- at this point, they should be learning how to gather, process, summarize and restate factual information. They can also begin to critically evaluate if something seems "real" or "not" and what is the reason for their opinion.
Observation Level Lessons
Three lesson Plans for a three week unit on Anger Management, Self Esteem, and Trusted Adults. Using these lesson plans, you can have a three week unit on three of the largest issues for kindergarten. However, you can also use these lessons as a template to create addtional lessons. You can use any of the outstanding literature in the resource lists, combined with the standards at the bottom. You can also enhance your lessons with the character videos on discovery education linked here.
Discovery Education Links
Reading Rainbow specials linked to the theme of character development.
Bibliographies for additional resources
. It would be foolish to think that teaching lessons about character for three or four periods would be enough for young children. Safety, honesty, fairness, friendship, compassion and caring need to be discussed, modeled and reinforced throughout their entire lives. The bibliographies here are diverse pieces of literature designed to teach these values explicitly.