Digital Citizenship David Ashcraft

Anyone who uses technology is a digital citizen. Each of us have digital responsibilities, and these responsibilities can be viewed as Digital Citizenship. Digital Citizenship has its own set of rules, but they are similar to being a responsible citizen of a community or country.
The internet, the web- it's all part of my generation, and as I have grown, so has the internet.

From the first day my parents got AOL, to the first day we had internet at school, the rules of the internet have always been made clear to me, and my parents made sure of it. In order to use the internet at school or home, my parents made me sign a contract that I was responsible for all of my web activity. Some of the things I was responsible included:

  • Using the web appropriately, and avoiding sites with inappropriate content.
  • Asking for permission before logging on.
  • Not downloading illegal content, or participating in FileSharing
Of course, with the birth of social media sites like MySpace and Facebook, and online shopping, new responsibilities and rules were added.
  • Don't share any personal information that could led to identify theft online.
  • If its online, anyone can see it.
  • Limit your time online, you can get lost n the web.
  • Viruses for PCs are very real. Keep antivirus software up to date, and be careful when opening attachments.

Today, the internet has become a force for good and evil. It's up to us as teachers, parents, and reasonable citizens that the internet continue to be a force for good. We need to teach the youth of today, who know no world without the internet, how to use the web responsibly.

Cyber Bulling- how to recognize it, report it, and stop it- is something we need to talk about with our students. It often goes unseen, and can have devastating consequences.
We also need to talk with students about their digital footprint, and monitor our own.

A digital footprint goes beyond your internet history and cookies, it's comprised of everything that you share via the internet, and unlike muddy footprint digital- footprint are almost impossible to erase. Those Snapchats you sent yesterday-- they really ain't gone for good.

As we integrate technology into our classroom, digital citizenship should be one of our lessons.


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