Digital citizenship for our “NextGen” kids…what is it? Many use the term “digital citizenship,” but quite often we are confusing it with just being responsible online; it is more. The big question is this: how can we cultivate digital leadership in children by which they use digital means to ensure a positive future for themselves and to help and assist their community at large?
I was privy to many wonderful conversations recently at a digital citizenship conference at Microsoft Headquarters in Los Angeles, California.
As I listened to the college admissions panel, it was obvious to me that our students need to understand the importance of their digital footprint, now and for the future, and recognize that it has permanence.
76% of college admissions officers state that they Googled applicants and their social media feeds as a step in the admissions process. What are they looking for? On balance, in the college application process, they are looking for grit, authenticity, sincerity, consistency, and what sets the student apart from other applicants.
For example, UCLA has approximately 119,000 applicants a year. Approximately 5,500 are accepted. How will your student(s) set themselves apart?
The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is a new tool that basically provides a “digital locker” where kids can house their important and essential documents as they pave their journey to college…items that showcase who and what they stand for, in written and photo format.
I challenge young people and parents to begin this process as well. Middle-school age is for many kids a time when they begin creating their own positive, healthy online presence through media like zeemee.com, Weebly websites, LinkedIn, and the like.
Check out this article for more information about all this.
Everything you do to train your kids to be NextGen boys and girls can be very important to their futures. The ultimate digital goal of our parenting in the NextGen age is to transform digital distress to digital success. This is a new sacred mission in our lives and one we won’t regret taking on.