What happens when teens get the chance to debate the issues they have been grappling with online? We are excited to find out at our first ever Digital Citizenship Day. If you’re in Manhattan on Oct. 2, bring the teens in your life to our town hall discussion at LaGuardia High School (100 Amsterdam Avenue), starting at 5:00 p.m. We’ll be facilitating discussions that give teens the chance to talk about growing up online, and share their personal insights on the digital world. We’ll also be showcasing teen-produced videos on digital citizenship, as well as a special youth performance.
The event will be moderated by MTV news correspondent Sway. We are also partnering with the New York City Department of Education, MTV’s digital awareness campaign A Thin Line, and Edmodo, the social networking site for educators and students, among others.
The event is free, but space is limited so be sure to register online now to guarantee your place.
If you would like to prep your students for the discussion ahead of time, we’ve got some advice for both elementary and middle or high school-aged youth that will help you empower them to make the right choices and participate responsibly in their online communities. Please share with parents. You can also check out our Digital Citizenship Day activity kit (pdf) for additional handouts and activities to jumpstart a constructive dialogue before the event. The kit contains media agreements to help families set in-house tech boundaries. You and the teens in your life can also follow us on Twitter for updates about the event by using #DigCitDayNY.
Also, please join our Edmodo group to bring your students and fellow educators to the discussion.