Social Responsibility

Defining social responsibility in the teaching profession is complex since it may vary from one teacher to the next.  Education should impart knowledge and support a healthy meaning of a responsible citizen of the nation (Chirichella, 2019).  Classrooms everywhere deal with socioeconomic challenges, language and cultural barriers, even race-related issues.  Discovering how we can effectively encourage social awareness to this diversity is a question posed by author Chirichella (2019).  She explains that the classroom is often where the development of curiosity about students, academics and becoming part of society begins.  Helping to shape their roles in a community can begin with how they treat one another while at school.

The Bible emphasizes that Christians demonstrate a spirit of kindness and compassion towards others.  In Romans, the apostle Paul describes the significance of respecting the authorities and obeying the laws (Holy Bible: New Living Translation, 2018, Romans 13:1-7).  By following Paul’s wisdom, educators and students can become respectable contributing members of society.  In Matthew 22:39 we are reminded to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Holy Bible: New Living Translation, 2018).  In an example that educators can follow, Jesus taught that the greatest commandment of loving one another involves treating others in society with love and respect.

Classroom teachers know that their role as educators often extends past their content and helping to develop future generations of socially responsible adults is just one example.


Chirichella, C. (2019). Educators and social responsibility: What this means to informed citizenry. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).

Holy Bible: New Living Translation. (2018). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Security of Data

Safeguarding personal data, especially in an educational environment, is a major concern, and for good reasons.  

As the world increasingly relies more and more on technology, including educational technology, the possibility of student privacy risks is intensifying.  School districts must set the appropriate security measures in place to protect not only their students but their faculty, staff, finances, and records.  The amount of personal information that online platforms, educational software, and other digital technologies are collecting on the general public and students is outrageous (U.S. Department of Education, 2023).  Within any educational facility, sensitive information such as medical history and family data or daily records of attendance and grades is typically recorded and stored online.  The Department of Education (2023) states that schools are becoming the leading target of cyberattacks due to the amount of data that can be attained.  The concern with breached information is how this data can be used against individuals, such as cyberbullying, identity theft, or held as ransom (U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2023).  They furthermore damage the relationships between the educational organization and employees, parents, and students.  This ultimately can impede the district’s ultimate goals of advancing education and student success says the Department of Homeland Security (2023).

The incorporation of highly advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence, has become the motivation for educational facilities and other governmental organizations to intensify their data privacy guidelines.  New regulations that address future advancements must address how student data is obtained, used, archived, and protected (Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 2020).  The FTC also states that businesses and organizations must increase their transparency regarding data management.  We may not understand where technology will be in the coming years; however, we do know that safeguarding data, especially for students, will always be an essential concern as we plan for the future.


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U.S. Department of Education. (2023). Data Security: K-12 and Higher Education. Protecting Student Privacy; U.S. Department of Education.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (2023). Cybersecurity for K-12 Education. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

Digital Citizenship

Responsible use of technology and digital tools is often referred to as digital citizenship (GoGuardian, 2023).  Anyone who interacts with various forms of technology has rights and protections much like a community member within a city.  A digital citizen has expectations of how to properly use and community when using these tools. GoGuardian (2020) writes about these expectations in an article concerning digital citizenship.  They discuss topics such as sharing misleading information, the need for carefully valid sources, and how to avoid cyberbullying. At any age, they encourage users to conduct themselves in a helpful and positive manner.  

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) provides standards that teachers can use as guidance when dealing with technology and its integration (ISTE, 2023).  Regarding digital citizenship, they urge educators to create a learning environment that encourages curiosity yet analyzes online resources and fosters the building of skills such as digital literacy and media fluency (ISTE, 2023).  

Society needs people who understand how to responsibly use technology and schools are a vital part of educating young adults and children with the skills they need to do so (GoGuardian, 2023).  They grow up knowing how to prevent cyberbullying and remain safe as they navigate the internet.  Teaching digital citizenship in schools is a key factor in inspiring the next generation to not only avoid possible dangers but thrive and succeed in a digital world.


GoGuardian. (2023). Everything You Need to Know About Digital Citizenship. GoGuardian.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). (2023). ISTE Standards: For Educators. International Society for Technology in Education.

Digital Rights

Digital rights can be defined as the protection of common human rights like security, privacy, and access in digital spaces, however, the terminology encompassing the realm of “digital” is significantly different (Azali, 2020).  These rights embrace standard freedoms that grant people safe access to digital content with undeserved prejudice (UNESCO, 2019).  As digital platforms influence large portions of social participation, debates regarding digital rights protection have increased in the past several years, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (2019).  Sadly, these rights are habitually violated, violations like privacy infringement, free speech censorship, and mass audio/video recordings, for example (Bellasio et al., 2021).

Organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (2021) advocate digital rights for online users and encourage them to maintain basic human rights as new technologies are constantly emerging.  Emphasizing rights such as strong data privacy, online safety for children, and accountability, the Electronic Frontier Foundation aims to educate the public with information to keep users protected as they engage with online platforms (Cope et al., 2023).

It becomes a challenge for software creators, website developers, and policymakers to calculate the human rights aspect against user security and economic progression (Srivastava, 2023).  The discussion must occur that still allows innovation and advancements to occur while limiting the intrusion of rights. Digital rights improvement needs to be the result of careful dialogues between all parties that create technological environments that endorse human rights while still being effective in society.


Azali, K. (2020). Coconet: What are digital rights? Engage Media.

Bellasio, J., Slapakova, L., Quimbre, F., Stockwell, S., & Silfversten, E. (2021). Human Rights in a Digital Age.

Cope, S., Mackey, A., & Kelley, J. (2023). Protecting Kids on Social Media Act: Amended and still problematic. Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. (2023). Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Srivastava, D. (2023). Balancing innovation and regulation: The role of technology policy in the digital age.

UNESCO. (2023). Bridging the Digital Divide and Ensuring Online Protection. UNESCO.

Teaching Media Fluency

As social media and digital technology integration continue to surge, teaching media fluency is crucial to prepare students to succeed in this new and evolving learning environment. The Internet and social media provide students access to immense amounts of information, however, not all the available resources are reliable or even valid. Students must be taught the skills they need to navigate today’s multimedia (Kahne & Bowyer, 2022). 

Educators teaching media fluency education help students develop critical thinking skills to recognize basic messages and misinformation. This protects them against media influencing their behaviors unknowingly.  Media fluency leads to more mindful usage that allows students to filter information in a way that positively guides their viewpoints (Literat & Kligler-Vilenchik, 2021).  As new technologies emerge yearly, teachers must evolve their lesson plans to keep current and help students evaluate digital resources online, including social media (Vraga & Tully, 2020).

Educators play a vital role in promoting media fluency and good digital citizenship with students. This requires integrating media fluency across the curriculum and is not reserved for a single computer class or digital media course.  Educators need to create interactive learning activities that allow students opportunities to make decisions about the variety of multimedia they are bombarded with daily (Breakstone et al., 2021).  When students have achieved the skills to appropriately choose what and how media information affects them, teachers have fulfilled an ethical obligation of media fluency in preparing students for active engagement in a digital world.


Breakstone, J., Smith, M., Wineburg, S., Rapaport, A., Carle, J., Garland, M., & Saavedra, A. (2021). Students’ civic online reasoning: A national portrait. Educational Researcher (Washington, D.C.: 1972)50(8), 505–515.×211017495

Kahne, J., & Bowyer, B. (2019). Can media literacy education increase digital engagement in politics? Learning, Media and Technology44(2), 211–224.

Literat, I., & Kligler-Vilenchik, N. (2019). Youth collective political expression on social media: The role of affordances and memetic dimensions for voicing political views. New Media & Society21(9), 1988–2009.

Mihailidis, P. (2018). Civic media literacies: Re-imagining human connection in an age of digital abundance. Routledge.

Vraga, E. K., & Tully, M. (2021). News literacy, social media behaviors, and skepticism toward information on social media. Information, Communication and Society24(2), 150–166.