Digital citizenship is defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. The following video from TeachInCtrl.org explores how students can practice good digital citizenship.
How to Protect Yourself Online
Never share your password
Create a strong password with numbers, letters and special characters (!@#$%^*())
Change your password every six months, and never use the same password for more than one site
Make sure your Anti-virus is up to date
Standing Up to Cyberbullying
This video from the Federal Trade Commission, shows students how they can stop cyberbullying by standing up for themselves and others.
The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship
According to digitalcitizenship.net, the nine elements (or themes) of digital citizenship are:
Digital access. This is perhaps one of the most fundamental
blocks to being a digital citizen. However, due to socioeconomic status,
location, and other disabilities- some individuals may not have digital
access. Recently, schools have been becoming more connected with the
internet, often offering computers, and other forms of access. This can
be offered through kiosks, community centers, and open labs. This most
often is associated with the digital divide and factors associated with
Digital commerce. This is the ability for users to recognize
that much of the economy is regulated online. It also deals with the
understanding of the dangers and benefits of online buying, using credit
cards online, and so forth. As with the advantages and legal
activities- there is also dangerous activities such as illegal
downloads, gambling, drug deals, pornography, plagiarism, and so forth.
Digital communication. This element deals with understanding
the variety of online communication mediums such as email, instant
messaging, Facebook messenger, the variety of apps, and so forth. There
is a standard of etiquette associated with each medium.
Digital literacy. This deals with the understanding of how to use various digital
devices. For example, how to properly search for something on a search
engine versus a database. How to use various online logs. Oftentimes
many educational institutions will help form an individual’s digital
Digital etiquette. As discussed in the third element, digital
communication, this is the expectation that various mediums require a
variety of etiquette. Certain mediums demand more appropriate behavior
and language than others.
Digital law. This is where enforcement occurs for illegal
downloads, plagiarizing, hacking, creating viruses, sending spams,
identity theft, cyberbullying, and so forth.
Digital rights and responsibilities. This is the set of rights digital citizens have such as privacy, speech, and so forth.
Digital health. Digital citizens must be aware of the
physical stress placed on their bodies by internet usage. They must be
aware to not become overly dependent on the internet causing eye strain,
headaches, stress problems, and so on.
Digital security. This simply means that citizens must take
measures to be safe by practicing using difficult passwords, virus
protection, backing up data, and so forth.
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