Addressing the 21st century skill of digital citizenship is important; to help students to learn, communicate and collaborate safely and responsibly. Being a best digital citizen in the community includes having email etiquette, reporting and preventing cyber bullying, learning how to protect private information, etc.
Adults at home and school need to assist students to learn their rights and responsibilities, identify the possible risks and benefits as well as the ethical and personal implications of the action.
Mainly there are three key areas of digital citizenship. They are:
- Digital Literacy: Digital literacy includes how to discovery, sort, manage, assess and create info in digital way.
- Security: Knowing the possible threats that one can get from others and their own behavior. Also the hazards posed by viruses, hacking and phishing.
- Community and Ethics: Practicing suitable and right behaviors in a different of digital media settings. Some of these areas include building your own digital reputation and act like a responsible member of the community or any various social networks, forums, etc.
In the 21st century, where technology is very much involved in the education system, it is important for everyone to help students become good digital citizens.