Students in New York served detention for remarks they made about a teacher on a Facebook group, three teens in Massachusetts were charged with identity theft for creating a fake Facebook page in a classmate’s name, and a professor in Pennsylvania was suspended over her Facebook posts. Even when social media is not in the classroom, it is being used outside of it to talk about what goes on inside of it.
Students need to be literate in these media. They should understand how meaning is created through these media, how to evaluate Online sources, and how to create digital content themselves.
Students should know what it means to be a citizen of an Online community, as well as the ethical and legal issues of having a digital identity.
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