Digital learners have the "power to advocate, collaborate and drive change through technology" (ISTE):
"Digital citizens are learners who use their technology-driven powers conscientiously — and with empathy — to help make the world a better place." (ISTE)
Digital citizenship still encompasses "the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use," (Ribble) but whether online or offline, citizenship isn't just about behavior, but about the mindset of being a citizen who has agency and identity aligned with the values that underpin behavior.
Ribble's nine elements of digital citizenship are:
- Digital Access - growing towards full electronic participation in society
- Digital Commerce - responsible, ethical and safe electronic buying and selling of goods and services
- Digital Communications - electronic exchanges of information, from email to text messaging to Hangouts, and more
- Digital Literacy - learning about technology and the use of technology--when, where, how, what
- Digital Etiquette - electronic standards of conduct or procedure
- Digital Law - electronic legal responsibility for actions and deeds
- Digital Rights & Responsibilities - those freedoms we have in the physical world, extended into the digital world
- Digital Health & Wellness - physical and psychological well-being in a digital world
- Digital Safety & Security (self-protection) - electronic choices and precautions to stay safe
- Share with Care
- Don't fall for Fake
- Secure your Secrets
- It's Cool to be Kind
- Download the Be Internet Awesome: Digital Safety and Citizenship curriculum (PDF) (updated June, 2018)
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Teachers and Parents
For more teacher and parent links, check the left-hand menu and explore links in each of the Explore! pages, as well as the monthly Parent Handouts on our website.
Digital Citizenship Teacher Programs and Accreditations
Great Sites for Online Activities
MediaSmarts - Digital and Media Literacy - MediaSmarts website includes a huge selection of digital-citizenship-related resources, divided into three main sections: Educational Games, e-Tutorials and Workshops, and Media Literacy Week. Some resources are free; others require a license.
NetSmartz Student Project Kit
Common Sense Media - Digital Passport
View Educator Materials - Includes resources on communication, privacy, cyberbullying, search, and creative credit.