To Students From Students: 50 Online Rules To Live By | Janell Burley Hofmann | 3 Min Read

Student voice is so valuable in digital citizenship and media literacy. It empowers them to share what they know — giving their Askable Adults a point of reference for both understanding and gaps. One exercise I love to do with the students with whom I work is to compile their advice from their own online experiences in an effort to offer personal reflection and reminders on best practices, and to build peer-to-peer support for other students. This powerful prompt is an exercise in “show what you know” to build confidence and agency in our students as they develop and practice their online skills. 

This collection of wisdom below is from hundreds of middle school students I worked with directly. The compilation gives us a general understanding of how middle school students are thinking about Tech at this moment, but it can be used to open a dialogue with your own students and children or as an individual exercise.

[I combined the same/similar answers. Otherwise, responses came directly from our workshops.]

To Students From Students: 50 Online Rules to Live By

  1. Search Secure Websites.
  2. Don’t sleep with your device.
  3. Don’t text random people.
  4. Don’t search random sites. Don’t keep…
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Janell Burley Hofmann

Janell Burley Hofmann is an international author, speaker and consultant specializing on the topics of technology, media, health, relationships and well-being. Janell is the creator of the original iPhone contract and a thought leader in the space of digital mindfulness, digital parenting and intentional use of tech. She is the author of the book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up published by Rodale, Inc. Janell is the founder of the Slow Tech Movement and iRules Academy. Janell has worked on four continents across diverse demographics, cultures, religions, and socioeconomics. Sensitive to the needs of each community, Janell works with schools, youth, families, educators, and organizations while offering private coaching and consulting sessions. Janell’s professional expertise and personal experience as a mother of five children builds strong connections with a wide and varied population. Janell engages readers, clients and audiences in relevant and meaningful conversations igniting personal empowerment, awareness and purpose in a partnership that will positively impact all. Janell’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies, a Master’s Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking and she is currently working towards her licensure in mental health counseling. Her featured talks include two-time TEDx presenter, SxSW, YPO Southeast Asia Summit, Peace Corp Workshop Leader, Homecoming Day Nagoya University, Nagoya Japan, YPO Middle East Tour, Women2Women International Summit and MIT Strata Center. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, USA Today, National Public Radio, BBC News and The Associated Press.