making-the-worlda-better-place-4Be A Role Model
Be the same person on and offline. What you do when you think people are watching you is all about your reputation, but what you do when you think no one is watching you those decisions speak directly towards your character. If you focus on your character, you’ll be a role model and example for all. Let’s show our students positive examples like Timmy Sullivan and take him up on his dare and Google him. As Captain America says, “The Power is Yours!” and the choices we make can influence others. Think of it this way, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Be the solution.

Celebrate Others
John F. Kennedy shared during a speech in 1963, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” When we build up others, we create a positive environment and trust me, positivity breeds positivity. Plus, being positive is so much easier than being negative and it costs absolutely nothing to be kind. Every single person is a gift to the world. Period. Each of us has our own special gifts and talents. Take the time to notice and celebrate others.

The best kind of digital citizen is one who celebrates other people. Compliments are powerful. Share them everywhere! Use these 20 #ICANHELP activities as a way to help schools grow positive school culture and become a DigCitKids classroom ambassador to help bring activities and challenges into the classroom.

Amplify Student Voice
Let students be the teachers. Do this every single day. Learning is a two-way street. Let’s learn alongside our students and amplify the positive. Engage our students and invite them to teach us. Learn from our friend, Olivia Van Ledtje (a.k.a. Liv Bits) who likes to say, #kidsCANteachus!

Recently, we guest moderated the #MinecraftEdu chat on Twitter about the importance of student voice and digital citizenship. The students took the lead during the chat and modeled the power of students as teachers. We want to make sure that students everywhere have opportunities to share their voice both in and out of the classroom.

Practice Empathy
Practicing empathy provides students an opportunity to experience how others feel. Just last week in Birmingham, England, Kiran Satii’s primary students explored how understanding empathy is about making real connections which further reminds us what makes us all human. When we practice empathy, we begin to learn to humanize the person next to us. Classrooms practicing empathy are better able to humanize the person next to them, in local communities, around the world, as well as across the screen.

Be That KIND of Kid
Students like Lila Mankad represent students who take learning beyond the classroom walls and making an impact in her own community. This fourth grader created a change.org petition to make Houston plastic-bag free. Lila is the type of student who is focused on creating solutions in their own communities, “I want to be the kind of person who changes the world instead of complaining. I want to be the kind of person that solves problems instead of creating them.” Be part of the solution and sign and share the work of a student to give them a powerful voice.

We want to support more students to be that KIND of kid because all it takes is ONE student to be the change. Today we spent Safer Internet Day on Skype with six Falkirk Schools in Scotland where the students taught each other about the nine elements of digital citizenship. The students from Scotland modeled these 5 recommendations and we know that they will help classrooms make the digital world safer every day.