“Our kids are growing on a digital playground,
And no one is on the recess duty”
Today in the information age, we all are busy with digital equipment’s. We see teachers, parent’s busy surfing and eventually students busy with games and digital world. Today, time has come to define the purpose of our digital lives to save and live our human life. Yes, more than people we like gadgets. It is commonly seen people interacting with phones more than kids. Is it really the purpose of technology? Is technology meant to destroy real communication? To sustain human life from digital life “Digital citizenship” is been introduced. Which defines the protocol of digital life.
In most of the countries, schools have taken intuitive to sign up digital citizenship that is Family media agreement in which kids and parents are asked to define the use of internet surfing for their own betterment. They have made kids to think before surfing, accounting what they have learned from the surfing every day. With such kind of specific time bound parents get aware about their own kids minds. It defines the rules for digital lives. Today is the era in which parents are advised to make kids to play more and communicate more
We do not realize the way these all gadgets have become as an integral part of life, in this light, concept of media fasting is introduced. Kids are asking parents to prevent social media use at least for a single day in a week. It is strange to see such a need from kids. Digital citizenship limits parents for the surfing purpose and hours for digital lives. Even parents should plan their surfing and take time for kids as well.
Digital citizenship is also about practicing mannered behavior on social media platforms. It includes rules for digital behavior and maintain humanity. It prevents illegal practices and behavior right from childhood. With such a good digital life values taught at schools, we can hope that cybercrimes may reduce in the future life.
Understanding the digital citizenship values signing up family media agreement is the need of the day and every country schools should make parents and kids to define their digital lives. With such kind of efforts we can hope to separate out real lives from the digital ones.