Teaching Digital Citizenship to Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Abstract: At this point in time, the vast majority of of teenagers use the Internet and have mobile devices. However, technology use does not equate with safe and responsible use. Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are surrounded by the Internet and technology-using peers. As the Autism Speaks organization states, “Individuals with autism are just as interested, if not more interested, in using the internet as a connection to mass amounts of information and millions of people. To ensure the safety and success of internet usage, it is critical that individuals with autism learn how to protect themselves online, and that they understand what is and isn’t appropriate on the internet.” This session examines digital citizenship in light of the needs and interests of youth with ASD, and provides effective ways to interact and instruct them in those skills.