There are 4 parts to understanding Digital Citizenship: Cyberbullying, a Digital Footprint, Protecting Online Privacy, and Intellectual Property. Let's learn more about each one:
Cyberbullying is the use of electronic devices and media to repeatedly harass, threaten, humiliate, and otherwise hassle people.
According to Common Sense Media, "Whether it's creating a fake social media page (i.e., Twitter or Facebook) to impersonate a fellow student, repeatedly sending hurtful text messages and images, or posting cruel comments online, cyberbullying can have a devastating effect. Nasty comments, lies, embarrassing photos and videos, and snide polls can be spread widely through instant messaging or phone texting, and by posts on social networking sites. It can happen anytime, at school or home, and can involve large groups of children. The combination of the boldness created by being anonymous and the desire to be seen as "cool" can cause a child who normally would not say anything mean face-to-face to show off for other children."
You can manage your digital footprint by:
A digital footprint is the trail of data that is left behind by users on digital services. Everything you post online combines to make your digital footprint. What you share with your friends may also be viewed by people you do not know. Remember, once it’s online, it could be there forever.
In a digital age, understanding how to protect personal information and electronic data is a vital skill. From keeping computer virus software updated to comprehending the implications of "data-mining," students need to understand the importance of protecting their online privacy and safety.
Tips for Protecting Online Privacy
You Quote It, You Note It – Interactive slideshow on how to avoid plagiarism.
BibMe – BibMe is an automated citation creator and bibliography generator that can save you loads of time building and formatting your references.
Here’s a 90-second video introduction to show you how simple BibMe makes it to cite your sources.
Cyberbee’s Copyright Lessons and Resources – Excellent site for elementary students.
Copyright for Kids - From the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
Copyright What’s Copyright? – Some basics – in a School House Rock format.
Fair Use Introduction
Center for Social Media – Site explains the importance of “transformativeness” when building an argument for fair use through videos such as User’s Rights, Section 107.
A Fair(y) Tale – This video remix from Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society is a great example of what “transformativeness” looks like.