The definition of Digital Citizenship to me, before this class, was the neatly packaged K-6 version. Be nice to people online. Don’t give out personal information. Don’t go on websites you shouldn’t. Tell a parent or a teacher if you are uncomfortable with something.
This class taught me that, yes these rules follow into adulthood, but the definition gets broader.
Being a digital citizen is an everyday task with many facets.
There is digital citizenship, digital skills, digital literacies.
Digital citizen is being a fact checker, so that you don’t spread false information and knowing how to check.
I will include this infographic that I made about digital literacy vs digital citizenship. I created this to show how my definition had expanded from the first collection.
With the way our society is going, you need digital skills. Being a good citizen on and offline almost requires digital skills and know how.
As educators, we are preparing to send the students off into the real world full of technology. Not only do we teach them to be nice to each other online. We need to teach them how to access the internet, how to fact check, how to not plagiarize work, how to use other people’s work in an appropriate way, etc..
Social media is being more integrated into our lives. It is important for students to feel equipped navigating that world. There are consequences for sharing messages / photos that you do not own. Digital citizenship is knowing what to do with other’s work. How to read the messages of copyright and be respectful of intellectual property.
Digital citizenship is being aware that there are dangers to the internet. In school, you were taught to not go to websites that weren’t age appropriate. Now, we need to know to not go on websites that could give us a virus or steal our information.
Good digital citizens reads the terms of agreement when using a service or website. It is knowing how and where to read the fine print and know that whatever you share could be sold to third party companies and used for something you didn’t consent to, such as a survey or commercial gain.
Students are taught not to share personal data. Digital citizenship is knowing that your personal data is out there with every website you visit, social media platform you sign up to, every purchase you make, etc. Don’t share anything on a website that you don’t trust.
These are just some of the aspects that I have learned about digital citizenship. Everyday I learn more and make little changes to become a better citizen.