Technology advances and a society that is becoming increasingly global require that students be multi-literate. This means web literacy is no longer optional. It is essential that educators have a “growth mindset” (Dweck, n.d.) and pass that willingness to adapt along to their students. Teachers and students alike need to be able to use 21st Century tools to function as good digital citizens.
Students have the opportunity to connect and learn in more ways than ever before, but that ability also comes with drawbacks. Online safety issues, such as privacy violations and cyberbullying are real problems that must be addressed in the same way they would in the traditional classroom. Teaching digital citizenship means confronting this issues head on and stressing the fact that the image we present online is as important as the one we present in the physical world (Common Sense Media, n.d.).