Incarnation Catholic School Project on Digital Citizenship

Enduring Understanding:

In his 2009 Message for the 43rd World Communications Day, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI states, “The new digital technologies are, indeed, bringing about fundamental shifts in patterns of communication and human relationships”. There is a tremendous capability through social media for people to reach out and be connected to others in new ways. No longer are we “out of the loop” with friends far away. We know within minutes or hours at most when major events happen in one another’s lives. As a Church community, we must understand this connectedness and be open to networking with people through these tools. The Holy Father’s message establishes in its title three key needs of this culture: respect, dialogue, and friendship which are elaborated:
  • Respect the dignity and worth of the human person.”
  • Dialogue between people…require[s] honest and appropriate forms of expression together with attentive and respectful listening.”
  • “Friends should support and encourage each other in developing their gifts and talents and in putting them at the service of the human community.”

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:
  • Find facts and gather data for conscientious decisions
  • Synthesize information and evaluate options
  • Assess situations in order to make informed judgments
  • Reflect on decisions and determine alternative choices
  • Build interpersonal empathy by role-playing and taking the perspective of others
  • Develop skill-based competencies through game-based learning
  • Apply learnings to real-world situations

Essential Questions:

  • Should I share?
  • What do I believe?
  • Do I post?
  • What should I comment?
  • Can I copy?
  • What is my digital footprint?

Extension Activities:Reflective Writing Prompts
  1. Think back upon your decisions. Which choice did you make that led you the most astray? How applicable do you think that scenario is to your daily life?
  2. How does playing with negative outcomes, even the fantastical ones, help you apply new thinking to your real world?
  3. Why is the digital world filled with so many ups and downs? What do you think are the best opportunities? What are the pitfalls that you and your peers need to watch out for?
  4. Did you find that you played with the positive or negative choices first? Why? What lessons stood out to you, and how do they apply to your own life?
  5. What other digital dilemmas or ordeals were not covered in this story? What is another related issue that you see your peers grappling with quite often?
  6. Were there any characters or situations that prompted you to think twice about particular digital behaviors? How so? Which lessons would you pass along to a younger sibling or friend?
  7. Which character do you most relate to? Why? How are you similar? In what ways are you different?
  8. Can you make any personal connections to the story? Think about a particular decision or ending. How did it relate to your real life?