I grew up in Lumsden, SK and this is a large part of my personal identity and worldview. You learn in a small town that if you are not kind to someone, or do something you should not, that people find out and they judge you based on this. Your reputation is built on your mistakes, successes and, most importantly, contributions to the community. People are slow to forget but also one can positively affect their reputation by contributing and being their best self. I feel it is quite similar with one's digital identity. The internet is slow to forget and also rewards positive contributions and interactions. We are all citizen's of the digital town, Internet-ville and we should be aware of how our existence affects others. We should also be mindful of how we are a global community online and how children are learning to become citizen's in this new settlement.
In our ECI 832 class we had a presentation from Dr. Mike Ribble regarding the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship and his newest book "“The Digital Citizenship Handbook for School Leaders” (co-authored by Marty Park). The presentation really re-inforced the importance of not assuming this material will be taught in the home or in each subject separately. The question was posed that likely it could be a subject on its own that is a required class for all students. I think the best way to integrate this into Saskatchewan schools would be a curriculum update where digital citizenship is a key unit in English 9 or Social 9 (it could also be done in curriculums of primary and middle grades ELA or Social, or both) and teachers can then integrate the elements into areas of study, research and technology as this would not "add" more to the already full plate of what teachers and students are to learn in their time at school. In my attempt in integrating Ribble elements into my major project (a social activism / motivational project) looking to motivate students to be good people and live a great life, I will be mostly focusing on digital health and wellness with a small focus on digital etiquette and communication regarding kind communication and motivating others.