Parent Guide to your Child and the Net.

13 Reasons Why Digital Citizenship Matters

Digital citizenship refers to norms of appropriate, responsible behavior of technology use regardless of the device. Below, we identify 13 components of digital citizenship that impact your child's daily life and why they matter.

1. Digital Access: Not everyone has equal access to the internet. This inequity affects everyone and it is important to have empathy and be aware of this reality.

2. Digital Communication: From emailing and texts to social media and blogs, it's important to develop strong, positive relationships to prevent cyberbullying.

3. Digital Commerce: Recognize today's marketing and advertising tactics and be a savvy consumer in a digital economy.

4. Digital Literacy: It is essential to stay informed and know how to detect fake news, determine credible sources, and attain skills needed to thrive online.

5. Digital Etiquette: Credit should be given where credit is due. Understanding social norms of the internet and copyright is crucial.

6. Digital Law: It is vital to know laws and policies surrounding technology and practice good ethics.

7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities: It is critical to understand what freedoms and responsibilities come with technology use.

8. Digital Health & Wellness: From physical to psychological, it is imperative to know that technology can affect your well-being. Notice addiction, be mindful of screen time and give attention to good ergonomics in order to stay safe.

9. Digital Security & Privacy: Know how to protect yourself, your privacy, and your information.

10. Digital Detox: Everything in moderation. Balance your time on and offline.

11. Digital Footprint: Any information about a person can be searched online, shared and seen by a large, invisible audience. Keep your digital trail tidy.

12. Digital Social Identity: Developing a strong sense of digital self and reputation is imperative. Social media often magnifies character traits.

13. Digital Playground: From apps and movies to games and websites, stay educated about what media is age appropriate for your child.

Buzzwords and Acronyms Explained:

COPPA: The Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule imposes certain requirements on online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under 13 years of age.

CIPA: The Children's Internet Protection Act was enacted by Congress to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet.

Secure Password: Using numbers, symbols and mix of upper and lower case letters in your password makes it harder for someone to guess it.

2 factor authentication (2FA): Two factor authentication is an extra layer of security that requires not only a password and username but verification through another source like a cell phone verification code that only that user has access to.

Phishing: The fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information to induce individuals to reveal personal information such as passwords and credit card numbers. This is most often done via email, but can also be done with a phone call or internet web address.

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