What is Digital Citizenship?
Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately.
Technology is constantly changing and it is important that we teach our kids how to use it responsibly. Having digital citizenship skills helps kids participate in their communities and make smart choices online and in life! You don’t have to be an expert on texting, Instagram, Minecraft — or whatever else your kids are into — to talk to them about digital citizenship and using the internet responsibly. This workshop will provide you with the necessary tools to guide your child as they navigate the complex world of the internet.
What makes a good Digital Citizen?
Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do.
The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.
You don’t have to be an expert on texting, Instagram, Minecraft — or whatever else your kids are into — to talk to them about digital citizenship and using the internet responsibly. This workshop will provide you with the necessary tools to guide your child as they navigate the complex world of the internet.
Advocates for equal digital rights and access for all.
Treats others with respect in online spaces and never cyberbullies.
Does not steal or damage others’ digital work, identity or property.
Makes appropriate decisions when communicating through a variety of digital channels.
Uses digital tools to advance their learning and keeps up with changing technologies.
Makes responsible online purchasing decisions and protects their payment information.
Upholds basic human rights in all digital forums.
Protects personal information from outside forces that might cause harm.
Proactively limits health risks of technology, from physical to psychological.
“Digital citizenship is really important for 21st century skills, because being a 21st century citizen means that you can collaborate and communicate, and you need to do that not only with the people you face but also those that you encounter in digital world.”
Why should we teach it?
Teaching digital citizenship equips students with the knowledge, skills, and resources to succeed as lifetime learners. It helps them learn to engage within a digital environment with responsibility and confidence to develop as leaders who will leave meaningful impacts in the lives of others.
Students with good Digital Citizenship understand:
- The consequences of abusing technology
- That social media profiles follow you throughout your life
- Why Cyberbullying is a problem, along with the causes, effects, and how to stop it
- How to search, select, and organize authentic information
Have you discussed these with your child?
Email spoofing and virus protection
Hand picked resources for you and your children to learn about Digital Citizenship
- Don’t teach digital citizenship — embed it!
- Everything You Need to Teach Digital Citizenship
- Digital citizenship IRL