What is a Digital Citizenship?

Behavioural norms

What are the norms of appropriate, responsible, ethical behaviour with regards to technology use?

Introduction: What is Digital citizenship and why is it important for teachers to address? Let's take a moment to listen to the following experts - Stephen Balkham, Andrew Churches and Derek Wenmoth and consider their view of Digital Citizenship.




Digital Citizenship - a definition

Today, billions of people all over the planet interact using various technologies. This interaction has created a digital society that affords its members opportunities for education, employment, entertainment, and social interaction. As in any society, it is expected that digital citizens act in a certain way—according to accepted norms, rules, and laws. Most of today’s students are entirely comfortable with technology, but are they using it appropriately? Do they understand their roles and responsibilities in digital society? How can teachers help students become responsible digital citizens?

Source - Polyvision wiki

Nine elements of digital citizenship

Mike Ribble has written a wonderfully succinct article sub-titled a "Journey Toward Appropriate Technology Use at School and at Home". It provides an overview of Ribble's nine elements of digital citizenship as well as his reflection model of implementation. For more go to http://pwoessner.wikispaces.com/Citizenship+in+the+Digital+Age
  1. Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure
  2. Communication: electronic ex- change of information
  3. Education: the process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology
  4. Access: full electronic participation in society
  5. Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods
  6. Responsibility: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
  7. Rights: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world
  8. Safety: physical well-being in a digital technology world
  9. Security (self-protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety

Journey Toward Appropriate Technology Use at School and at Home

For more on the nine themes of Digital Citizenship, go to NetSafe's new website, LEARN GUIDE PROTECT - Digital citizenship nine themes

A digital dossier or a digital footprint


View the following video on a Digital Dossier

myLGP website, is a hub of content that supports the development of digital citizenship. Here is a quick link to the successful digital citizens discussion forum . You are welcome to develop topics and ideas here. The forum is a companion to the myLGP website and provides scope for discussing the concepts of digital citizenship.

Reflection: After considering all of this, what does digital citizenship mean to you in your personal life, professional life? What implications does this have for our young people now and in the future? Anything else to consider? For more discussions on digital citizenship or cyber citizenship, go to Core's Ten Trends - cyber citizenship and/or Leave a message in the DISCUSSION tab above (this will appear in the thread below).

Additional resources to consider

Core's Ten Trends 2010 - #5 Cyber citizenship

The Digizen project - Young People and Social Networking Services
"The project is designed to investigate how social networking services can and are being used to support personalised formal and informal learning by young people in schools and colleges. " http://www.digizen.org/socialnetworking/

Digital citizenship

What makes you such a good digizen?