Many schools not only are incorporating Internet safety into lesson plans but also shifting their focus from the pervasive “stranger danger” message typically given to young computer users.
The idea, says Principal Chris Lehmann of Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, is teaching students to be better “digital citizens.”
But it’s not just about being digital citizenship. Digital literacy needs to include much more about the genre expectations of the myriad of new digital genres.
Digital literacy isn’t about training students to contribute only one way to the digital community. They need to expand and create and push beyond where we are now.
They aren’t digital citizens, they are digital readers and writers and creators.