PLN 4 part two

PLN 4 part two

When it comes to the question of what it means to be a digital citizen, something very important that I believe this article brought up is that, when it comes to being a digital citizen, the Arab people have, “also demanded their rights while also accepting their responsibilities.” I believe this is a huge component to what it means to be a citizen of the 21st century because it shows that, yes we may feel as if we are free on the internet to say and do what ever we feel, however, while given these freedoms we must be aware that there are consequences that may come as well. I do not think that our schools are completely prepared to meet the needs of the digital world. Although I think the schools are doing a great job intergrading activities from the internet that help enhance students learning, there are problems with people saying and doing things on the internet that is open for everyone to see. People feel as if they can hide behind technology, and do not have to pay the consequences of their actions if they do something offensive, and our schools need to teach the students that this is not the case. An example of this is what we discussed in class, when a student made a group on Facebook about  a teacher that she really did not like, calling her the worst teacher. This student felt as if she was expressing her freedom of speech, however, mostly did not realize how offensive it was at the time. Going along with this, I also do not feel as if the schools know how to determine what is simply a practice of free speech and what people should be punished for. The article stated that, “ordinary people claiming their rights of free expression and assembly and using the platform of the new technologies to make this happen.” The question that I develop from this is, how free is the freedom of speech in the digital world, where your words are set in stone and can be shown to anyone. Another important point that was discussed in this article that we have not yet developed is that in real life situations, when crimes are committed off the internet, such as bullying, they are typically reported right away. This, however, is not second nature to Internet users yet, and something that also needs to be implemented in the school system.



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