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Digital Citizenship 

What is Digital Citizenship?  

     Digital Citizenship is defined by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as: "Students understand human, cultural and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.”  Digital Citizenship is how a person should act while using technology online and also has been defined as the ability to particpate in society online. Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders, and parents understand what students, children, and other technology users should know in using technology.  A digital citizen is refers to a person utilizing information technology (IT) in order to engage in society, politiccs, and government.  According to Mossberger and others Digital Citizens are "those who use the Internet regularly and effectively." People who characterize themselves as digital citizens use IT extensively.  They create blogs, use social networks, and partcipate in online journalism.  All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. Digital Citizenship is continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use.


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Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship by Mike Ribble

1. Access: full electronic participation in society. 

2. Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods.

3. Communication: electronic exchange of information.

4. Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology.

5. Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure.

6. Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds.

7. Rights & Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world.

8. Health & Wellness: physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world.

9. Security (self-protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety.

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Digital Citizenship: Common Sense Education

Digital Citizenship: Lessons by Sandy

Teaching Digital Citizenship: The Do's and Dont's by Elizabeth Trach

Teaching Digital Citizenship with Picture Story Books

Welcome to Digital Citizenship Website & Digital Citizenship Today


Check-out these YouTube videos on Digital Citizenship: 

Digital Citizenship by Sherry Luna

What is Digital Citizenship? by CyberWise



CyberWise. What is Digital Citizenship? YouTube. YouTube, 26 June 2011,

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Definition of Digital Citizenship. Wikipedia.  

Digital Citizenship. Common Sense Education.

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Kyrtsis, Eleri. Teaching Digital Citizenship with Picture Story Books. Ditch That Textbook.  

Liptak, Sandy. Lessons By Sandy. 

Luna, Sherry. Digital Citizenship. YouTube. YouTube, 1 September 2015,

Ribble, Mike (1 September 2015). Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship. EdTech: Focus on K-12.     

Trach, Elizabeth (17 April 2019). Teaching Digital Citizenship: The Do's and Dont's. Schoology Exchange.       

Welcome to the Digital Citizenship Website & Digital Citizenship Today. Digital Citizenship: Using Technology Appropriately. 


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