The Inclusive Educational Role of School Librarians: Supporting Safe Online Behaviors through a Community of Peers
Abstract: To develop and encourage information literacy skills needed to prevent cyberbullying, online aggression, and other forms of online victimization, teens are in need of digital citizenship instruction and similar digital literacy education in an inclusive environment. This paper is supported by findings from two unique studies conducted by the researchers as well as a rigorous review of relevant scholarship of teacher education and disability studies. First, semi-structured interviews with librarians working with youth (ages 12-18) were conducted and second, an online survey of youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on the digital environment, experiences from engaging online, views of the positives and negatives of the internet, and managing internet use. For this paper, findings from both studies were used to support and inform this subsequent paper; leading to a cohesive exploration of school librarian and youth with ASD’s perspectives and reflections on digital citizenship instruction.