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Transcript of Digital Citizenship
went viral via Facebook and ended up on a Greek fraternity's
blogging site. Think about how your actions might impact others. Freedom of Speech "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." The First Amendment "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction." Definition HOWEVER... United States Bill of Rights http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Freedom+of+Speech Laws prohibit "fighting words," or offensive language
Laws prohibit pornography.
Laws prohibit larcenies, trespassing, and terrorist attacks.
Laws prohibit utterances, displays, or expressions of racial, religious, and sexual bias. Laws: Useful or Gray Area? This teen spread a photo that a classmate
posted on his wall.
Who's to blame in this situation? http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/teen-suspended-after-tweeting-provocative-photo-cl/nMhCQ/ http://totalfratmove.com/902971 http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,312018,00.html Beware the gray area. 3 Steps to Becoming
Effective Digital Citizen Protect Educate Before you post hateful words consider who will see them. This high school senior lost his shot at playing at the college of his dreams for posting inappropriate tweets. http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/top-football-recruit-expelled-for-vulgar-racist-twitter-posts-012012 Some professional fields do not tolerate inappropriate, unprofessional online behavior. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20026974-71.html This college student was expelled for posting derogatory remarks about an ex-girlfriend. http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/02/calvin_college_expels_student.html Don't post negative remarks about others... you never know how it will affect them. Respect the privacy of others. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/09/29/rutgers-students-accused-secretly-taping-sex-dorm-posting-video-online/ Protect Your Reputation Respect copyright laws. http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/07/judge_rules_aga_1.html Follow copyright laws. Know the price you could pay for violating them. Protect your wallet. Illegal downloading is real.
Are you willing to pay the time? http://nevadasagebrush.com/blog/2010/09/27/students-at-risk-for-piracy-lawsuits/ Be a positive digital citizen. What difference can you make? and anyone has access. Likewise... Money may not be the only price offenders pay. Activity: "Google" yourself.
What did the search results yield? Hacking (Defined): http://definitions.uslegal.com/c/computer-hacking/ Computer hacking is broadly defined as intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access. Preventative Measures Use firewalls
Create passwords that are not easy to guess or commonplace, e.g. "1234." Think longer, more complex.
Use "Remember Password" options with caution
Consider setting up a separate email account for social networking sites.
Have a safe password storage method Technology is neither good nor bad, nor even neutral.
Technology is one part of the complex of relationships that
people form with each other and the world around them;
it simply cannot be understood outside of that concept.”
-Samuel Collins Remember Your Online Presence,
Your Online Brand Consider the rhetoric with which you craft your online presence
Monitor your online presence with frequent web searches or the "Google Alerts" tool
Actively seek out web pages that present your reputation in a negative light; develop an action plan to remove or alleviate the page's impact. Lastpass.com Truecrypt.com Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Free Resources Staying Up to Date is Key To be digitally literate, one must "...see technologies as equipment and processes and systems of knowledge that [one] want[s] to learn how to use and how to critique and how to design and how to create."
-Digital Divide Scholar, Adam J. Banks In other words,
stay up to date on the latest technologies,
read up on their services,
determine how they can enable or constrain you,
understand agreement contracts before you click "Accept." For example, To a degree, everyone is digitally literate. How digitally literate
do you consider
yourself? Communication Skill Sets Acquiring some degree of digital literacy starts with basic knowledge, but the next step is fine tuning the skills you currently possess. Do you post to blog sites? Can you build your own blog site? How many social networking profiles do you maintain? Do you chat? If you're unsure, start asking yourself these types of
questions. Approach You can enhance the way you communicate in online communities by approaching every interaction with the following approaches in mind:
(Re)Writing your online presence
Communicating as you would in person (Re)Writing:
How will you write your online presence?
Will you use acronyms (e.g. BFF, NBD, etc.)?
What sources should be checked before you make a statement?
How can you avoid making offensive value judgments?
How can you "write" out your profile with visual cues that communicate what you want?
What information is out there that you can revise? Communicating as you would in person You can always ask yourself this question, "Would I say this to someone if they were directly in front of me?" Other tips: Just because it's online--and online communities are quite expansive--doesn't mean that a future employer or other important person won't see it. Post smart.
Consider civic practices of traditional citizenship before you post.
Don't let the illusion of distance or anonymity relax your standards of communication. And remember Read. Read. Read. To stay informed.