What is Digital Citizenship?
Digital Citizenship is the appropriate and responsible use of technology.
Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship
1. Digital Access- participation with electronics in society.
Not all students have the same opportunities to participate with technology. Digital Citizenship ensures that digital exclusion is avoided.
2. Digital Commerce- buying and selling of items via the internet.
There is a large amount of purchases today online.Buyers and sellers should be aware of legal/legitimate sells and illegal sales or downloads.
3. Digital Communication- exchange of information electronically.
In the 21st century most communication is done through some sort of electronic device. Most learners are more familiar with technology than many adults.
4. Digital Literacy- teaching and learning of technology.
Schools have done a good job of trying to teach students with technology, however due to the rapid change most schools cannot keep up. Digital Citizenship involves educating students in different and new ways as well as keeping up with the latest developments with new tech.
5. Digital Etiquette- conduct for appropriate use of technology.
Many people do not know or use appropriate behavior on the internet. Rules and policies on appropriate use are not enough. Students must be taught in order to become responsible technology users.
6. Digital Law- responsibility for actions online.
Law deals with ethical use of technology. These laws deal with hacking, stealing information, plagiarizing, downloading music/videos/movies illegally, or stealing identity.
7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities- freedoms for those in the digital world.
There is a basic set of rights for digital citizens, just like the Bill of Rights in the Constitution.
8. Digital Health and Wellness- physical wellbeing in the digital world.
Some internet users become addicted to technology. All users should be taught the dangers of technology and technology use.
9. Digital Security- precautions to guarantee safety.
It is important to protect ourselves online just like we protect ourselves from harm in the real-world. Virus protection, data back-up, and surge control are important just like trusting who you share information with on the internet.
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