Digital Citizenship & Internet Maturity Blog

Raghu Pandey    

The Future of Schools: Survival & Success in the Future Dominated by NEP + AI + Internet

The education sector has almost entered into a storm. A big storm! The three very strong winds - Education Policy (NEP), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the omnipresent Internet, are poised to rock even the biggest of ships (schools). As we enter deeper into the storm, here is my straightforward question to every school leader - Is your school ready for this biggest-ever disruption?

Stop Using Linkedin like Facebook or Instagram!

They use Linkedin in the same casual way as they use facebook or instagram. It not just seems ridiculous but on a serious note it also hurts their career opportunities. First and foremost, LinkedIn is a professional network meant for business and career-related discussions, networking, and job search. It is not a platform for casual socializing or posting personal photos and updates. Facebook and ...

'Cyber Safety' & 'Cyber Security' are NOT the Same Things. Know the Difference.

Cyber safety is related to the protection of the people and cyber security is more related to the protection of the systems and infrastructures. Both are important aspects to consider when working with technology, since both the people and the systems they use can be at risk in today's digital landscape. They are closely related concepts, but not the same. Let's understand the differe ...

What is 'Content Pollution' on the Internet?

Content pollution on the Internet refers to the presence of unwanted, irrelevant, or harmful content that can negatively impact the user experience. This can include a wide range of content, including fake news, false articles, misleading information, spam, harmful or destructive content, age-inappropriate content, racist and biased content, hate speech against a country or religion, and more.

What is Online Grooming? Why is it Dangerous for Children?

This process often involves a predator posing as a child or teenager themselves in order to gain the trust of the child, and can take place on a variety of platforms including social media, gaming sites, chat rooms, and forums. Once the predator has established a relationship with the child, they will often try to elicit personal information, photos or videos from the child, and may even try to ar ...

Lifelong Learning and the DCIM Skills

Lifelong learning is the concept that individuals should continuously engage in learning throughout their lives, in order to develop new skills, acquire knowledge, and stay current with changes in their field of work or interest. This contrasts with the traditional model of education, which typically begins in childhood with primary and secondary schooling, and ends in early adulthood with post-se ...

Just "Googling" or Smart Searching? There is a Big Difference!

Using Google to search for information is something we do without giving any second thoughts. Dont we? It's super convenient, but be aware that not all the information you find on the Internet is trustworthy or accurate. When using Google, Bing, Yahoo or any other search engine, it is important to critically evaluate the sources of the information you find. Look for sources that are trustworth ...

Internet is a Tool-Box, Not a Toy-Box!

A vast majority of children, after learning the ABC of the Internet (i.e. Basics of using the Internet), get stuck into an infinite loop of EFG of the Internet – Entertainment, Fun and Gossip! They consider Internet as nothing more than a toy-box full of entertaining stuff.

Internet Maturity and the 4 Cs of the 21st Century Education

If you have ever been curious about the future of education and tried to look on the Internet about what's happening around the world on the topic, then you must have come across "4 Cs of the 21st century education" quite often! These are the most agreed upon learning-goals which students in any new education system must achieve. They are:

Information Overload is a Bad Side-Effect of Online Learning

Information overload is a phenomenon that occurs when an individual receives too much information at once and is unable to process it effectively. This can lead to feelings of confusion, stress, and frustration, and can ultimately hinder the learning process. In the context of online learning, information overload can occur when students are required to digest large amounts of information in a sh ...

Who is an 'information junkie'? Are you one?

An "information junkie" is a person who has an insatiable appetite for information, and seeks out new and diverse sources of information constantly. This can manifest in various ways, such as constantly checking news websites, social media, or forums for updates and new information, subscribing to multiple newspapers or magazines, or spending hours watching documentaries or listening to ...

Why must teachers learn Digital Citizenship and Internet Maturity skills?

Technology is increasingly being used in classrooms and schools, so teachers need to be proficient in using the digital tools and effectively incorporate them into their lessons and assignments. Teachers who are able to effectively use technology in the classroom may have an advantage in terms of job opportunities and promotions, as schools are looking for educators who are able to use techno ...

What are Netiquettes?

Netiquettes are a critical part of your online reputation! The word "Netiquette" refers to the etiquette or manners that must be followed when communicating on the Internet. It encompasses a wide range of behaviors and practices that are considered appropriate and respectful when interacting with others online. 

Criminals Love Social Media! But Why?

Criminals love social media because it is so easy for them to find their victims! to plan a crime such as robbery, kidnapping, rape, murder etc, they don't need to do anything except observing people's posts on facebook or instagram, where some people would themselves reveal their whereabouts, physical locations, travel plans, financial status etc. Social media provides criminals with ...
Raghu Pandey    

Why Every School Must Implement an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

The use of digital technologies in schools has been constantly increasing in the past few years, but since the covid pandemic hit, it has exploded! Now, it's not an exaggeration to say that a school is a technology driven organization. And thus, managing the technology related issues is now a major to-do for the Principal and the school administration.
Raghu Pandey    

8 Threats Your Child WILL Face Online

Before you start reading the list below, ask yourself “How many online threats or risks am I aware of? How much harm can those online threats do to my child?”. Don’t think beyond a minute because we only need to check how many threats are on top of your mind.
Raghu Pandey    

Plagiarism Can Ruin Your Child's Career!

Copy and Paste is amongst the easiest of things you can do on a computer. You have probably done it thousands (and your child, hundreds) of times by now. But this simple and innocent-looking process has earned a very bad name in the world of education & industry - "Plagiarism". Well, thankfully, not all copy-paste acts are Plagiarism. Let’s understand the difference.
Raghu Pandey    

Digital Parenting or Digital Leadership?

A modern parent is also a "digital parent". She fights an everyday battle of controlling her child's online activities. Especially when the child is a teenager. The battle takes a lot of energy, but it is important! You cannot leave the digital upbringing of your child to chance. The risks of doing that are quite serious.
Raghu Pandey    

Launching the iMature Helpline for Parents

Every Child Internet Mature. That's the motivation with which was started in 2014. Since then, our team has interacted with more than 10,000 students, more than 2,000 parents and more than 1,000 teachers. We talked to them about the importance of Internet maturity, how it protects them and how it makes them successful. And we have also listened to their problems and challe ...
Raghu Pandey    

Free eBook: 10 Things Students Must Know About Online Learning

Hello dear students, parents and teachers! We are happy to announce that we have created an eBook '10 Things Students Must Know About Online Learning' and we are sharing it with you for FREE :) Whether for you are a student, a parent or a teacher, this eBook will help you understand the important things which make a great online student.
Raghu Pandey    

Is Your Child a Good Online Student?

Remember the old normal days? When your child travelled to the school building and attended classes in the classroom. The corona crisis has gifted us a new normal. Now, the school buildings are closed but students are still busy attending classes... the virtual ones. But are the students actually prepared for this big and sudden shift?
Raghu Pandey    

Curated Reports & Publications on Digital Citizenship Education

Whether you are a researcher in the field of 21st century education or just a deep-diver kind of person, you are really going to like this! We have created a dedicated section on our website where we will present the best of the reports and publications on Digital Citizenship education from across the world. These are some excellent reports of quantitative and qualitative research conduct by the t ...
Raghu Pandey    

Free Posters on Digital Citizenship & Internet Maturity

I know it’s a cliché but a picture is indeed... worth a thousand words. I realize this often during my workshops & seminars on DCIM. The slides containing visual messages get the most attention from the students and teachers. So I decided to convert some of those slides into posters to spread awareness about DCIM. You are welcome to download these FREE Posters on Digital Citizenship & ...
Raghu Pandey    

Billabong High International School, Bhopal, embraces Digital Citizenship & Internet Maturity

Schools are where real action on Digital Citizenship & Internet Maturity should happen! This time the real action has happened at The Billabong High International School, Bhopal! They have included DCIM in their curriculum for classes 6th onwards and will be the first school in India to certify their students on the same. You are welcome to read the news update - Billabong sets the trend for DCIM certification in India.

Raghu Pandey    

Section 66A has gone, but rules of Online Reputation stay the same!

Section 66A of India IT Act has gone! Personally I am very happy and even more hopeful for future of Indian democracy, and so are all other digital citizens of India. That's because Internet is THE TOOL for mass participation in 21st century. Be it a school, a company or a nation, the stakeholders will participate in day-to-day affairs primarily through Internet. 

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