General Information

On this page you will find terminology that will help you explore the meaning of good digital citizenship.

This poster is useful not just as a visual for teacher understanding, but for students to discuss, internalize, and apply themselves. In fact, hanging it in the classroom, computer labs, media centers, and other highly-visible places might make sense as well: the rules of the world of digital networks and social media.

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship- a concept focused around educating and informing parents, students, teachers, and technology leaders about the appropriate uses of technology

Netiquette– Internet + etiquette = netiquette. Refers to being courteous of other users while online.

  • Netiquette is especially important in regards to social networking (FaceBook, Twitter, etc.)
    • A general good rule of thumb when using social networking sites is to be aware that nothing is private. Everything you post to a social networking site has the potential to be seen by anyone and everyone in the world, from potential future employers to parents to universities and close friends. If you don’t want someone from one of those categories to view what you have posted, don’t post it!
    • Also under this category is the topic of cyberbullying, or online harassment. More information on this can be found at

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism—attempting to pass off someone else’s work as your own.

  • Plagiarism can be easily avoided if you just remember to give credit where credit is due!
  • Click the links below for information on how to properly cite sources.
    • EasyBib – essay writing tools and information on proper citation
    • – information on prevention of plagiarism
    • Online Writing Lab (OWL) houses writing resources and instructional material

Copyright— copyright laws give the creator of original work the exclusive right to use and profit from the work.

Fair Use— permits use of copyrighted material without gaining permission from the originator of the work.

Internet and e-mail safety tips:

  • Do not open e-mails that seem suspicious.
  • Do not send personal information (social security number, banking info, etc.) over email.
  • Keep your passwords  secret.
  • Do not open or reply to spam e-mail.
  • Make sure your antivirus software is always up to date.


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