Fostering Good Digital Citizenship Skills

“Use social media for good and lift others up, not tear them down. Stay on the high road. Keep your peace.”

Germany Kent
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The digital world can be hard to navigate as a parent. From droves of negative news stories to scary online challenges that circulate through social media.  It seems that cyberspace has us constantly swimming through questionable content that makes most parents cringe. The challenge for families today is preparing their children for an online world that struggles with digital citizenship skills.  We only have to look as far as twitter to see an assortment of twisted truths and value-less behavior. For families, the question becomes, what can we do to prepare our children for the online world?

In order to help children develop the important skills for values-based online behavior, we at Mazu, suggests establishing mindfulness to online activity.  When posting to an online platform try attaching a value to your posts. You can see some examples here [see the full list here.]

This is a practice you can establish with your child.  Together you can ask if the post passes the Rotary 4-Way Test. This concept has been around for almost 90 years and has since been translated into more than a hundred languages.

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
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“Tweet others the way you want to be tweeted.”

Germany Kent

These actions not only break up a mindless posting cycle, but they also attach intention to a post before making it public. Together these steps serve as a gentle reminder to think before we post.  It also provides an opportunity to foster positive digital citizenship skills while also instilling social and emotional learning into your own digital ecosystem.

At Mazu, we want to help support parents in their quest to educate their children in value-centered online etiquette that prepares them for the world wide web. This is central to who we are as a company and on our digital platform.  Mazu wholeheartedly believes that practicing thoughtfulness and attaching positive values to the online activity will have lasting effects on youth today. By changing the environment and providing a bit more sunlight (goodness) we can help kids to thrive and grow into strong adults equipped with integrity and character. What we do today will affect our children’s futures and by saying yes to a platform that is value-focused you are saying yes to a better world both online and off.

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