Looking to 2014 - What does it mean to be a digital citizen?

posted Oct 31, 2013, 4:08 PM by Nicky Ryan

Be a digital citizen

Netsafe is a resource that I regularly use as a go to for cybersafety issues for our school. They define what a digital citizen is and should be...

A digital citizen:

"A digital citizen accepts and understands the rights and responsibilities of inhabiting ‘cyberspace’, including online safety."

  • is a confident and capable user of information and communication technology (ICT)
  • uses ICTs to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
  • uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace
  • is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of ICTs
  • is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively
  • uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
  • demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICTs
  • respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
  • contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship.

Of course this opens up other areas such as being able to fully participate digitally and with this means being aware of the etiquette (manners and behaviours) that is acceptable in the environment. It means being aware that what you post is there forever...as your very own digital footprint. Our students will need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities. It is even health related with physical and psychological well being (how long should I sit, RSI, what am I viewing, who is talking to me and what are they saying and even how do I feel about that?)
As you can see we have lots of areas to explore as we delve deeper into the use of tablets, iPads, smart tvs and chromebooks!
We are looking forward to involving you in the journey with us.

Nga mihi