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9 Elements of Digital Citizenship

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Ashley Lewis

on 28 February 2017

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Participation in electronic society and students access to the technological tools needed to succeed.
1. Digital Access
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Here are two websites that explain digital communication.
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2. Digital Commerce
Buying and selling things online.
9 Elements of Digital Citizenship
Ashley Lewis

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3. Digital Communication
Teaching and learning how to use technology in the classroom
4. Digital Literacy
Digital Access is important because it focuses on all students having equal opportunity to succeed in class through the use of digital tools
Appropriate Use:
Communicating when you do not have access to tools at home
Teachers providing access to tools in the classroom
Inappropriate use:
Schools lacking resources for students
Students not using resources available at school
Here are two links with further information on Digital Access that explain the element in great depth and give ideas on how to help provide digital access to students who do not have it.
When engaging in digital commerce it is important to be smart consumers by knowing how and where to buy items online so you do not become a victim of scams or identity theft.
Appropriate Use:
Using protected servers when paying for things online
Never giving information to strangers online
Inappropriate Use:
Failing to realize the impact poor digital commerce practices have on credit scores
Not knowing how to recognize risk for identity theft
The website below explains digital commerce, has videos to help your understanding and has quizzes for you to see if you know how to practice safe commerce habits online
Exchanging information through electronic mediums
Digital communication is important to use in this technological age. Many companies, professors and teachers will communicate with you through email or social media. Additionally, It is important to keep in mind that what you post will always be in cyberspace.
Appropriate Use:
Using electronic communication to work on group projects
Participating in social networking to gain understanding and support academically
Inappropriate Use:
Using SMS and social networks during class time
Using shorthand in academic assignments
Sending inappropriate or offensive things via electronics
This website shows how things can get misinterpreted through digital communication and the importance of underlying meaning in online messages.
This website outlines appropriate digital communication practices
Digital literacy is important for students to be able to evaluate reliability of online sources. In addition you have the opportunity to take advantage of all the educational opportunities with the technology tools that are available to them
Appropriate use:
Making sure sources are reliable for research
Using online sources to better understand material
Inappropriate use:
Not knowing where information comes from
Not utilizing available resources outside of the classroom
Additional Resources
Here is a video that shows practices in digital literacy
5. Digital Etiquette
Standards for conduct and procedure online
Digital etiquette is a very important element in digital citizenship. As people in an online community it is important to be polite both online and when using technology during face to face interactions. You must be aware of how your own use of technology can affect others around you.
Appropriate use:
Being mindful of others when posting online
Knowing the rules for technology use in a particular setting
Inappropriate use:
Being distracted by your cell phone during interpersonal communication
6. Digital Law

Legal responsibility for online actions

It is very important to follow laws associated with online actions. There are laws about property rights, copy rights, hacking, sexting and more. The failure to abide by these laws could get you in serious trouble, even if you are unaware that you have broken any laws.
Inappropriate use:
Sexting - you could be distributing or be in possession of child pornography without even realizing it
Illegally downloading music, movies, tv shows, articles etc.

Appropriate use:
Being aware of what you can download and what you cannot
Asking for help if you are not sure if what you are doing is legal

Additional Resources
Below are two articles that explain how you break digital law, and the extreme importance of never sexting
7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities
The freedoms extended to all participants in digital citizenship
It is important to respect others work online, just as you expect others to respect your work. You are entitled to free speech, free posting and the ownership of your own work
Appropriate use:
Cite owner of original ideas or posts
Always give credit where credit is due
Inappropriate use:
Passing another persons ideas off as your own
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8. Digital Health and Wellness
Maintaining both physical and psychological health within the technological world
When you do not keep track of your well-being in when you are using technology very often you can decrease your health. It is important to avoid carpal tunnel, eyestrain, poor posture, hearing loss and internet addiction.
Appropriate use:
Take breaks when using technological devices for extended periods of time
Make sure to sit up straight when sitting on the computer
Inappropriate use:
Listening to music too loud with headphones for a long time
Having the lights off with the computer brightness too high
This video is a great resource for outlining your rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen
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This video outlines how excessive technological use can negatively impact your physical health, and provides tips to avoid it from happening.
As an additional resource, here is a link to a website that explains internet addiction in great depth:
9. Digital Security
Precautions to take in order to maintain safety online
Digital Security is very important for protecting your personal information. You should always have several passwords, firewalls and backups to keep your information and files safe and secure
Appropriate use:
Keep your computer software and firewalls updated
Have a safe back up of all your important information
Inappropriate use:
Giving out personal information to people you meet online.
Not taking cyber stalking seriously
Additional Resource
Here is a link to a website set up by the Pittsburgh Public Schools that shows how to keep students safe when they are online:

Additional Resource
This is a Ted talk called "Connected but alone" by Sherry Turkle. She explains the importance of not allowing technology to negatively affect interpersonal relationships. This applies to having good Digital Etiquette and being mindful of others when using technology.
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