In every large democracy of our time, little seems to be left to chance, with both national and trans-national laws and policies relating to every aspect of our life. The Internet however, is still much debated and a sort of grey area.
It's time for some guidelines on how to be a good human on Instagram. I came up with these with input from a bunch of kids, teens, parents and educators. I encourage you to talk about them with your kids and share them with teachers.
As a parent and cyber advocate, I have browsed many teens' Facebook pages and have been stunned at the snapshots I see. Although I err on the side of caution, I'm confident many of these photos could easily be manipulated into revenge porn.
HuffPost High School and iKeepCurrent will explore digital citizenship: what it means to be an ethical, responsible and resilient digital citizen. Our partnership will provide a unique opportunity to include the youth voice often left silent in the online safety, security and ethics discussion.
As the nation prepares to dedicate Dr. Martin Luther King's National Memorial, let's give ourselves this thought experiment: "What would Dr. King be doing today if he were armed with the social media and telecommunications technology we take for granted?"
I agree that being a good digital citizen includes respecting others and oneself and avoiding plagiarism. But missing in the discussion about digital citizenship is the fact that a citizen is a free person with rights.
While some would argue that cyberbullying happens as a result of an increasingly connected world, another argument presents itself: incidences are increasing because, as parents and educators, we have blinded ourselves.
I want to share some of my advice to parents on how to talk with your child about cyberbullying and digital citizenship. If you haven't had this conversation, or one like it, do not pass go. The time is now.