Digital citizenship can be defined as appropriate behaviour that represents the responsible, ethical and legal approach that individuals take in any situation with respect to the use of IT. Digital citizenship permeates, in one way or another, all of the preceding social and ethical considerations.

Other social and ethical considerations may emerge during different scenarios discussed in class. These may be related to changes in attitudes towards the use of IT systems, or new developments in IT such as social networking or e-assessment.

Our Definition:
Digital Citizenship is the guidelines we should abide by while using technology. It shouldn’t be used inappropriately but should be used for the enhancement of today’s society.

9 Elements of Digital Citizenship

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Digital Access
  • All people should have equal rights to technology
Digital Commerce
  • Purchasing and selling of goods over the internet
Digital Communication
  • The ability to converse through the use of technology
  • Examples- video calls, chat rooms, e-mails, and social networking
Digital Literacy
  • Learners must be able to learn anything, anywhere, and at anytime
Digital Etiquette
  • Digital standards of conduct and procedure
Digital Law
  • “Hacking into others information, downloading illegal music, plagiarizing, creating destructive worms, viruses or creating Trojan Horses, sending spam, or stealing anyone’s identify or property is unethical.”
  • Ethical rules as well as actual laws that govern the internet
Digital Rights and Responsibilities
  • These are the basic set of rights given to all digital citizens (America)
Digital Health and Wellness
  • Physical as well as psychological concerns with using digital technology. Making sure you stay metaphorically healthy while using technology
Digital Security (self-protection)
  • Like we put locks on our doors in real life, we need to make sure there are safety precautions taken on digital devices to ensure our safety
  • Examples of this security would be passwords,firewalls, virus protection, back up storage, surge control, etc…
Digital Footprint
  • A digital footprint is a term used to describe the trail that people leave online.
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Examples/Positives of Digital Citizenship

  • We learn how to behave towards the Internet
  • When used responsibly, we can share more information.
  • Digital Citizenship assists research.
  • Digital Citizenship helps commerce.
  • Digital Citizenship assists work.
  • Digital Citizenship improves education.

‍Non-examples/Negatives of Digital Citizenship

  • Cyber bullying
  • Information can be easily tracked
  • People can loose their jobs because of what their Facebook lookes like
  • Students do not get into some universities because of the same reason

Relevant News Articles

A woman who uses the Internet was recognized because of what she searched.

Cyberbullying is a growing problem

Teenages need more support to learn how to be a ditigal citizen

How to be a Digital Citizenship


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