Digital Citizenship Profile Courtney Kelly


Digital citizenship is about learning to use technology appropriately. For the classroom, this means using it for research, as an extension of learning, to find one's identity in a way, to share thoughts, to learn from others, and to create in a unique form. However, we need to be good digital citizens, just as we are good community citizens. We need to be polite, know the boundaries, be respectful of others and of ourselves! It also means giving credit to those who produced information, not taking it as our own. It also means embodying decent and basic human skills. In addition, digital citizenship means being responsible. Responsible for one's own actions in comments, on chat rooms, in "likes" and views, and in communication with different people. The internet is not a "safe" place, but it is possible to act (or click :) ) safely through having a knowledge of what it means to be a good digital citizen.

In this class, we have discussed the importance of modeling digital citizenship. Let me elaborate, what I mean is that we have discussed how to teach students to use different platforms with the H.A.C.K model and we have read about how important it is to teach students not only the how, but the why as well. There are certain ways that are appropriate for using different platforms and there are also ways in which these platforms can be used negatively. As discussed, in a TED talk by Sherry Turkle, our technology is great, but it comes with great responsibility to ourselves and our neighbors. It means that we need to know our boundaries, know when it is too much for us to handle, and know when to stop/get help. The ISTE website, was a great resource for looking at the standards. It also helped to point out that digital citizenship truly is about ethics and exhibiting legal behavior when encountering different individuals and websites or platforms.

Personal Beliefs

Personally, I believe it is crucial to teach students how to be good digital citizens. I think that integrating technology into the classroom is necessary for student development in this technological age we live in. I think that if students are taught how to be ethical and responsible digital citizens, there will be less harm done and students will feel more empowered to use it. Being technologically savvy is a skill that our students are going to need in their future, so they need to be taught how to use it effectively and they need good digital citizenship skills to know how to act when they are using it and WHY. I use technology constantly, every day. To some people, this might be extreme, but for me it is necessary to do my job correctly and effectively, to keep on top of my busy schedule, and to do well in school. Being a good digital citizen myself, has taught me to know my boundaries. I know when my pinteresting is getting out of hand and I know how to pause my accounts or log out of them on my phone when I need a break. I like being able to "unplug," but it isn't easy for everyone. It needs to be taught and emphasized, and students need to feel empowered by technology rather than weighed down or glued to it, that in my opinion is not healthy. Healthy digital citizenship looks like using technology for research, staying connected to close friends and family, learning from others' experiences, sharing your respectful and ethical thoughts through a blog, sharing pictures to close friends. Unhealthy digital citizenship can look like living with your computer, never getting sleep because of online gaming, losing jobs because of this, having relationships with people that are not respectful of you, cyber bullying, and others. In conclusion, there are many reasons to be fearful of the digital world and integrating it into the early classroom grades. However, when children are taught how to use technology successfully and how to be respectful and ethical online, it can be used to build their knowledge of the world around them and inspire creativity, which is so incredibly powerful.

In the Classroom

Classroom Rules!

  • Never share PERSONAL information (age, name, photo, passwords, address, phone number)
  • Report any unpleasant comments, videos, or websites
  • Ask for help

My Teaching Procedures

  • Using the H.A.C.K. model, I will teach my students how to use the platforms and websites appropriately. This means that we will look at what it means to be a good digital citizen as well as what it looks like to behave inappropriately on the internet.
  • We will use the Toolbox and our classroom rules to remind ourselves how to be good digital citizens.
  • We will discuss why it is important and how we ARE capable of using the internet to help us become better learners and amazing digital citizens. (relating this to being a good community citizen and looking at awesome community helpers will make this more effective and concrete)
  • 1) How to maneuver and iPad/laptop using the H.A.C.K. model 2) What platforms and websites are appropriate? Why? 3) What does it mean to be respectful? 4) What does it mea to be a good citizen/community helper? 5) How does that look online? 6) cyber bullying- NO. It is NEVER okay. 7) Classroom Rules-discuss them in detail. 8) Answer questions and send a note home for parents. 9) Have this talk all the time, it is always a good refresher.


I chose these rules, because I wanted simple, short and easy to remember rules. By generalizing the rules, it gives us an opportunity to discuss them in greater detail. I would use this discussion time to do a think-aloud where I model being a good/bad digital citizen. We can then discuss, as a class, the pros and cons, and add student thoughts to the poster under each rule. Putting it in their words will help make it real to them. Being respectful and acting appropriately is always good and is applicable at all times. It is never okay to share personal information with strangers, and on the internet, knowing whether someone is a stranger is a lot more difficult. This is were we can talk about this issue and how to prevent it, (rule 1). We teach students to report unpleasantness in school, so they should do so when on the internet or using their devices. This means making sure that my classroom is a SAFE PLACE for my students. Information shared stays in the room and students and teacher (me) are always being respectful of one another. Asking for help is always good to remember. When being a digital citizen, students may feel stuck and they need to remember and know that it is okay to ask for help and if they don't follow the rules that asking for help to get out of a bad situation is good and encouraged! That is why I chose the rules that I did, and it is also why I stressed the importance of having good communication (and all the time) about the rules and what it means to be a good digital citizen.

Be Prepared, Act Responsibly, Show Respect

My Overall Classroom Rules for Classroom Management


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