Online Safety

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is knowing the appropriate use of technology and making responsible choices when using it. To understand the complexity of digital citizenship, Mark Ribble has identified nine elements that together define Digital Citizenship. These can be grouped into three categories:


  • Digital Access: Advocating for equal digital rights and access
  • Digital Etiquette: Go beyond rules and policies — teach everyone about appropriate conduct online
  • Digital Law: Understand it is a crime to steal or damage another’s digital work, identity or property


  • Digital Communication: How to make appropriate decisions when communicating in any digital form such as email, social media, video publishing, etc.
  • Digital Literacy: We need to teach students how to learn in a digital society
  • Digital Commerce: Understand how to be an effective digital consumer online


  • Digital Rights and Responsibilities: Understand basic digital rights to privacy, freedom of speech, etc.
  • Digital Safety and Security: Know how to protect your information from outside forces that might cause you harm
  • Digital Health and Wellness: From physical issues, such as repetitive stress syndrome, to psychological issues, such as internet addiction, users should understand the health risks of excessive technology