9 Elements of Digital Citizenship by leilani rodriguez

1. Digital Access- full electronic participation in society. Technology users need to be aware that not everyone has the same opportunities when it comes to technology. Working toward equal digital rights and supporting electronic access is the starting point of Digital Citizenship.

2. Digital Commerce- electronic buying and selling of goods. Technology users need to understand that a large share of market economy is being done electronically. Legitimate and legal exchanges are occurring, but the buyer or seller needs to be aware of the issues associated with it.

3. Digital Communication- is any message passed through digital devices; any type of information sent digitally.

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4. Digital Literacy- process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology. A renewed focus must be made on what technologies must be taught as well as how it should be used. This process requires sophisticated searching and processing skills (i.e., information literacy). As new technologies emerge, learners need to learn how to use that technology quickly and appropriately. Digital Citizenship involves educating people in a new way— these individuals need a high degree of information literacy skills.

5. Digital Etiquette- electronic standards of conduct or procedure.

6. Digital Law- electronic responsibility for actions and deeds. Digital law deals with the ethics of technology within a society. Digital Law is defined as the electronic responsibility for actions, deeds which is either ethical or unethical. Digital responsibility deals with the ethics of technology. Unethical use manifests itself in form of theft and/or crime. Ethical manifests itself in the form of abiding by the laws of society."

7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities- those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world. Doing what you are supposed to be doing, we are given the right to use digital technology so we must use it in the best way possible and be wise when posting things or for what ever you are using it for.

8. Digital Health & Wellness- physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world. Eye safety, repetitive stress syndrome, and sound ergonomic practices are issues that need to be addressed in a new technological world. Beyond the physical issues are those of the psychological issues that are becoming more prevalent such as Internet addiction. We cannot let the use of digital technology take over us, we need to be healthy and aware of what can happen when you're addicted.

9. Digital Security (self-protection)- electronic precautions to guarantee safety. In any society, there are individuals who steal, deface, or disrupt other people. We need to have virus protection, backups of data, and surge control of our equipment. When coming up with passwords we need to create a strong password, also making sure that you do not put too much information out there about yourself.

You have to be careful when it comes to being digitally active because there are hackers out there that can get your information in a matter of seconds.
You should always use a strong password.

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