Raising Digital Citizens

Technology and Internet use are prevalent in today's society. It is unusual to find someone who is not using the internet for learning, communication, entertainment, and information sharing. 
As the World Wide Web brings us closer together, we need to ensure that all users are safe, smart, and aware in the 21st century. However, the rules and etiquette of the digital world are not that different from those we have always desired in more traditional settings; be kind and respectful, and behave in a responsible manner.

What we need is to help our students to learn to apply these principals to the digital world. 
Our students despite being digital natives, still need support and guidance, from educators and parents to enable them to become good digital citizens just as they have always done on their paths to becoming good citizens.

Digital Life

Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey (Raising Digital Citizens, 2007) identified 9 key elements of digital citizenship, these help to provide a structure for education, and are usually organised into 3 primary categories , Respect, Educate, and Protect.

 Knowing, understanding and using the 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship can help.

Digital Ettiquette
Digital Communication

 Health and Wellness
Rights and responsibilities


Other Links

    ISTE Infographic - Citizenship in the Digital Age
    Digital Natives - Digital Immigrants - An article by Marc Prensky
    The Myth Of Digital Citizenship And Why We Need To Teach It Anyway - An article from the Edreach Network