Creating a Safer Digital World for Elementary Learners: Lessons Learned from Elementary Educators
Julie Bacak, Florence Martin, Lynn Ahlgrim-Delzell, Drew Polly, Weichao Wang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-61-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Children interact with digital devices for learning and entertainment at an early age. This study examines elementary educators’ perceptions of student digital safety based on their interactions with others using technology in the classroom. Through a qualitative interview study, we analyzed data collected from ten elementary educators, including classroom teachers, media specialists, and instructional technology facilitators. Educators shared that their students interact with one another using technology for a variety of social and learning purposes in the classroom. Additionally, teachers described negative interactions with technology they have observed in their classrooms with elementary students, including incidents of cyberbullying and access to inappropriate content online. Findings from this study support the design of instructional materials for elementary student digital safety and have implications for teacher and student learning.
Bacak, J., Martin, F., Ahlgrim-Delzell, L., Polly, D. & Wang, W. (2022). Creating a Safer Digital World for Elementary Learners: Lessons Learned from Elementary Educators. In E. Langran (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1085-1093). San Diego, CA, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 28, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/220853/.
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