Digital Citizenship

Not only should we use technology effectively, but it is our responsibility to use it wisely.  Digital citizenship does not merely address copyright issues, but addresses the promotion of best practices for online environments as well.  Today’s digital students require guidance and instruction in the area of appropriate online behavior, learning in a safe and secure online environment, and understanding the expectations for learning and living in a digital culture.  As you explore the integration of web-based tools and resources, consider the issues and responsibilities that accompany online environments!

As a model of digital citizenship, ensure that you are modeling safety and security, digital literacy, and online ethics.  According to The Digital Diet, “The Internet is a little like the proverbial elephant that never forgets.  Our digital footprints are not like the footprints on the beach, washed away by the next wave or rising tide.  Rather, they are like footprints left to dry in the wet concrete of the footpath – permanent.”  (Churches, 2010, p. 3)  Digital citizens need to respect themselves, protect themselves, respect others, protect others, respect intellectual property, and protect intellectual property.


ISTE NETS-T Standard:  Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.

  • Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources
  •  Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources
  • Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information
  • Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools

Additional Resources

Ribble, Mike, and Gerald D. Bailey. Digital Citizenship in Schools. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education, 2007. Print.

Churches, Andrew, Lee Crockett, and Ian Jukes. The Digital Diet: Today’s Digital Tools in Small Bytes. Kelowna, BC: 21st Century Fluency Project, 2010. Print.

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