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Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use, and includes topics such as: internet safety, copyright fair use, and identifying reliable sources.

Core Components:

  • Personal Safety on the Internet. Students must understand that people are not always who they say they are. They should never give out personal information without an adult’s permission, especially if it conveys where they can be found at a particular time. They should understand that predators are always present on the Internet. Students should recognize the various forms of cyberbullying and know what steps to take if confronted with that behavior.
  • Information on the Internet. Students and their families should discuss how to identify acceptable sites to visit and what to do if an inappropriate site is accessed. Students should be informed about various Web advertising techniques and realize that not all sites provide truthful information.
  • Activities on the Internet. Likewise, students and their families should discuss acceptable social networking and communication methods and the appropriate steps to take when encountering a problem. Students should know the potential dangers of e- mailing, gaming, downloading files, and peer-to-peer computing (e.g., viruses, legal issues, harassment, sexual predators, identity theft).

Online Resources

These sites are resources that you can use with your child to learn and discuss digital citizenship and online safety topics.

CommonSenseMedia Common Sense Media is dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology. Families and educators can get unbiased info and trusted advice to help them learn how to harness the positive power of media and technology for all kids.
OurSpace For most young people today, engagement with new digital media is a routine aspect of life. Important skills and knowledge can be gained; however, there are risks. OurSpace is a case study that explores the belief that young people need to think habitually about online life in ethical terms.
iKeepSafe You can help your child become a responsible, ethical digital citizen with healthy online relationships by using the same successful parenting skills you are already using at home. iKeepSafe has programs to help you teach your children to safely and ethically use their digital devices.
NetSafe NetSafe is an independent, non-profit organization with a sole purpose to promote confident, safe and responsible use of online technologies.
Digizen Digizen provides information to educators, parents and young people to strengthen awareness and understanding of digital citizenship. The site also shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying.