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Digital Citizenship

A detailed description of some of the various aspects of Digital Citizenship, along with a brief explanation of how one can be a good digital citizen.

Alexander Yavornitzky

on 13 July 2011

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Digital Citizenship
By Alexander Yavornitzky Digital citizenship is the appropriate way to use technology while respecting yourself and others. For example, posting negative comments on a social networking site towards your family, friends, or another party is not being a good digital citizen. When posting comments about others it is best to be respectful. Various Aspects of Digital Citizenship 1. Digital Access Digital access refers to all people having the right and ability, within reason, to use the modern technology that we have in our society. Apple's 4th generation iPod Touch is an example of a device that provides digital access. 2. Digital Commerce Digital commerce is the aspect of digital citizenship that refers to the sale and purchase of digital technology, as well as the sale and purchase of items through digital technology. Internet shopping sites such as ebay.com and Amazon.com offer many goods that can be purchased via ditigal technology. 3. Digital Communication Digital communication refers to the way that modern societies communicate with one another via digital technology. There are many ways that societies communicate with each other through digital technology, such as E-mail, instant messaging, and texting. Yahoo mail is one of the world's most utilized E-mail providers, along with Microsoft's Hotmail and Google's Gmail. 4. Digital Literacy Digital literacy refers to being knowledgable about various aspects of digital technology. It is because of digital access that we are concerned about digital citizenship. Our shared access to technology creates the need for digital citizenship, or respecting yourself and others while using technology. Digital literacy is becoming increasingly important in many areas, especially schools. Computer labs such as this are being integrated into schools across the world, and digital literacy will become increasingly important. 5. Digital Etiquette Digital etiquette refers to being considerate and respectful to yourself and others while using digital technology. Social networking sites such as facebook.com often experience problems with digital etiquette, with many users failing to conduct themselves appropriately. It is therefore important to provide education and frequent reminders about this issue. 6. Digital Law 7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities 8. Digital Health and Wellness 9. Digital Security Digital law refers to rules and regulations established by the United States that outline acceptable use of digital technology. Users of digital technology have a responsibility for knowing and adhering to the digital law. Examples of digital law include:
Copyright Law - The copyright law was created by the United States government to protect against unauthorized distribution of an author's work by another individual. Violation of the copyright law is the act of acquiring and distributing an author's work without authorization, in most cases for profit.
Plagiarism - Plagiarism is the deliberate or unintentional act of stealing another's work and subsequently representing it as one's own.
Hacking - Hacking is the intentional act of accessing another's files on a computer without their consent. Hacking can lead to many forms of damage including identity theft. The copyright law is one of the many laws set up by the United States government to protect the rights of all users of digital technology. The copyright logo. Similar to the Bill of Rights introduced to the United States Constitution in the year 1791, digital rights and responsibilities (although not an official document) emphasize the same fundamental message, 'equal rights for all'. Basic digital rights and responsibilities include such well-known principles as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the protection against unreasonable search and seizure. An engraved tablet displaying The Bill of Rights. Digital rights and responsibilities might be considered an evolution of the original Bill of Rights. Digital security refers to the nescessary steps one must take to protect oneself while interacting with digital technology. Ways to protect oneself while using digital technology.
Avoid unnecessary disclosure of personal information on any website (e.g., name, phone number, or home address).
Never, unless with parental consent and accompaniment, agree to meet with any stranger you interact with online.
Always consult with a parent or trusted adult before attempting to do anything with digital technology. Digital health and wellness involves keeping yourself both physically and psychologically healthy while engaged in digital technology. In order to maintain digital health and wellness, one must set limits on the amount of time spent using digital devices and/or tools such as video game consoles or the Internet. Setting limits and exercising good judgement are ways to avoid serious physical and psychological effects such as eye strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, anxiety, depression, and addiction to video games or texting. The twitter logo. Twitter is a popular social networking site in which users can post comments on any subject of their choosing. Apple's 4th Generation iPod Touch A sculpture of the ebay logo. A screenshot of a webpage that can be viewed via Amazon.com. A screenshot of a Yahoo Mail inbox. A screenshot of a Microsoft Hotmail inbox. A screenshot of a Google Gmail inbox. Modern computer labs containing Apple computers. The facebook logo. An Xbox 360 video game console. A a man texting while driving. The Apple logo. How To Be a Good Digital Citizen Get involved with programs and/or work with your local, state, or federal government to try and make technology more accessible to all people. Encourage digital communication as an environmentally conscious alternative to traditional mail. Never visit or purchase items from irreputable sites, and ensure that sites you do purchase goods from have recognized protections in place. Endeavor to learn as much as you can about digital technology, passing along what you learn to others. If using social networking sites such as facebook.com or myspace.com to communicate with others, make sure that you only post nonoffensive and wholesome comments. Be familiar with and adhere to all applicable digital laws. Respect the rights of all users of digital technology. Avoid discriminating against others based on gender, race, age, or other classes. Never, intentionally or otherwise, do anything with digital technology that could harm yourself or others. Ask yourself, "Might my actions lead to an undesirable consequence?" Always protect the privacy of yourself and others when using digital technology. Never give out your own or another person's personal information to anybody you interact with online. If these guidelines are followed you will be a responsible digital citizen, spreading the concept of good digital citizenship through your actions. By being good role models we can make a better technological world for everyone. Sources used to aid in the creation of this educational presentation http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html www.ratical.org/co-globalize/BillOfRights.html Finally, just like all things in life, behavior is not just following the 'law,' but also conducting oneself well and doing the right thing. Digital citizenship entails the same basic principles. Will this post hurt myself or others? Ask yourself, for example... Would I feel comfortable allowing ANYONE to read it? Most importantly... Does this idea reflect my Christian ideals and lifestyle? Ultimately, most posts on the Internet are judgement calls, but can we back-up our judgement by a well-thought out consideration of the issue? Did we use good common sense? Does it support our values? The United States Capitol Building. Acquiring digital literacy involves not only learning technical information, but also learning how to use technology in a responsible manner.
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