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Teens Tackle Real-World Dilemmas with Digital Bytes

Short, relevant activities teach critical thinking about media consumption and creation.

May 06, 2015
Meredith May Education Marketing Communications Manager

CATEGORIES Common Sense Resources, Digital Citizenship, Digital Literacy, In the Classroom, Out-of-School Learning

You see it all too often in the news: another instance of cyberbullying or the classic case of a teen divulging too much information on social media. With over 92 percent of teens going online daily, the need for fostering responsible behavior online is crucial in helping teens create a positive digital presence. Parents are sometimes unsure of how to talk about online safety with their teens, so teachers often step in to initiate these conversations. But the conversations can be challenging when teens are heavily influenced by their peers and feel constant pressure to conform to current trends and behaviors. In a 24/7 digital world, how do we teach our teens to use the Internet safely and responsibly while becoming active and creative users of technology?

In a 24/7 digital world, how do we teach our teens to use the Internet safely and responsibly while becoming active and creative users of technology?

Designed with teenagers in mind, Digital Bytes encourages students to tackle real-world dilemmas through student-directed, media-rich activities. Teens learn from the experiences of their peers and gain exposure to the often hidden side of their digital worlds while creating collaborative projects that voice their ideas for making smart, safe, and creative choices online.

Digital Bytes is a great resource for after-school programs or blended-learning classrooms that need short, relevant activities that teach critical thinking about media consumption and creation. Teens choose a Byte that resonates with their interests and then follow media-rich lessons, learning from the real-world experiences of others who've encountered and conquered particular digital dilemmas. Teens are encouraged to express their ideas for how they'd respond to these questions by creating multimedia projects, presentations, and videos that showcase their authentic voices and talents.

Want to include Digital Bytes in your Digital Literacy and Citizenship program? Read the Facilitator's Guide, and then try the Bytes yourself. Better yet, point your teens to Digital Bytes and let them determine their own paths toward critical thinking! Teens learning from teens is a click away with Digital Bytes.