What Is Digital Citizenship?

Posted on: February 22, 2016, by :

As soon as we go online you are a digital citizen. Just like in real life your safety and security should be maintained whilst using the technology responsibly, ethically and appropriately. By participating in a digital citizenship course students are given information to educate them of their rights, and responsibilitity online especially as online interaction especially social online interaction is ever increasing these days. These skills will become more and more vital in the ever increasing ease, access and reliance on the internet. The following are some key points that should be considered when talking about digital citizenship and what it means to partake in the community. There are a few core values for digital citizenship, these include:

Digital Literacy is basically the process of teaching and learning through the use of technology, by reading this blog, commenting below, tweeting, facebook-ing or even talking to someone else about this post you are taking part in being in a digitally literate society. You are publishing this information, just like you would be if you were to put an advertisement on television or in the paper. Taking down something you have do not mean to be public knowledge is difficult and rarely acheived in this day and age as computers store everything.  

Digital Etiquette- There are basic rules of etiquette and codes of conduct on the internet that most people follow. Whilst it is possible to access inappropriate conduct or materials a certain level of self regulation is required when using the internet.

Digital Law- Yes there is a physical law about your actions online. What you can and can’t do, how you can access information, whether you can access certain information, and whether it is appropriate to do so.

Digital Rights and Responsibilities- As a digital citizen do I have a right to free speech, do I have a right to oppose a point of view? Users help to shape technology so that it is used responsibily and that basic human rights are not ignored.

Health and Well being- Apart from physical issues such as Repetetive Strain injury (RSI) and other physical aillments, there are mental conditions such as addiction, depression etc that are all involved in being digital citizens

Self protection- Keeping personal information personal. You have a right to privacy and should do so. No person should be able to exploit anothers personal information for their own benefit.

It is your responsibility not anyone else for the information you publish on the internet. The information that you post, that dodgy silly picture that should never be shown in public may one day come back to haunt you. You are responsible for your own privacy online, it is not the responsibility of the people providing the service it is yours so if you post something you should definitely not be ashamed about seeing it in lights. The reason for this is that one day, possibly many years down the track, the information that is found on the internet about you may stop you from getting a job, it may stop you from getting into university, it may stop you from leading the life that you want to live.

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Teaching Questions/Statements

Be aware of what Information you share

What can you learn on the internet?

What are the bad things on the internet?

Be wary on the internet – learning and playing safely online

How do you like to feel online? How should you treat others online?

What can you do if you are being bullied online?

What is your digital footprint?

What are your responsibility when you work online?

What can you use on the internet?

What can you do with friend online? How can you stay safe whilst doing so?