A new seventh grade class is helping kids learn about digital literacy and their personal data. As they venture into social media, it’s important that young people understand how to control their personal information and access to it.
Once students turn 13, they are old enough to sign up for social media accounts. Its important for them to know that what they post can literally stay somewhere on the internet outside their control forever.
Ledyard Middle School’s new Digital Literacy class addresses this and other aspects of being responsible online participants.
Teacher James Moffett has a background in engineering. He teaches his students how to be good citizens on the internet,and how to exercise critical thinking for evaluating media they discover.
“I wanted to focus in this age group on internet safety and internet privacy,” Moffett said. He says that students have no problem using the technology, but many do not know how to use it properly or effectively.