Digital Citizenship Education in Singapore = Cyberwellness Framework


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Five solid rules I teach the kids in my class to be safe online:

1.) Don’t linger in places that may be high risk. While you may have the need occasionally to be in a chat room or in another space like that, just as you wouldn’t hang out in dark back alleys for long, don’t be in these spaces either.

2.) Work hard to protect your online identity. Protect the basics: your whole name, details about your family, your address, IM address, etc. These are the basics that are usually used to find you online. Work hard to keep the breadcrumbs to a minimum.

3.) IM is students’ main way of communicating online. Keep your accounts safe and your password protected. Make sure nobody is messing with your FaceBook, Myspace, bebo, etc., accounts. Be aware.

4.) Read the stuff that is out there. I often pass on articles, write blog posts on our class blog, discuss things in class and ask for their input and opinions about some of the terrible things that happen online. I don’t think by any stretch it is encouraging kids to do the same thing. It helps potential bullies to know that we are aware of some of the things that happen online and it lets potential victims be aware of some of the things that have happened.

5.) Know how your technology works. Know about your webcam, your audio software, your camera, know where your SD cards are and your cell phone. If students know this kind of stuff, they will again know when it has been messed with or when someone is trying to get them to turn it on at a time or in a place that is inappropriate.

Five basic rules. There are many more, but with these five as a staring point, kids will have a good chance of being safe online.

I think ‘s rules are essential and universal. With that, perhaps it’s a good opportunity to update fellow edubloggers what Singapore has been doing to teach digital citizenship to students: The Cyberwellness Framework.

The Cyberwellness Framework guides schools in planning for a cyberwellness programme.

The Framework focuses on developing the child’s instinct to protect himself and empower him to take responsibility for his own well-being in cyberspace. Thus, this framework highlights two principles to guide pupils in their actions, describes a 3-step process to explore cyberwellness issues and encourages schools to partner parents in promoting cyberwellness among pupils.

I will be attending a Copyright for Educators seminar tomorrow afternoon. Hope I will be able to learn more. I am still not too sure when it comes to copyright laws.

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