Digital Citizenship Project

Lauren G. Period 2

What is Digital Citizenship, and Why is it necessary?

What is Digital Citizenship: Digital Citizenship is basically how you act online and on social media. It is a way for your parents, teachers, and other people to know how to use technology correctly. Digital citizenship is the "role model" on how to use technology appropriately and responsibly.

Why is Digital Citizenship necessary: People and kids in this generation need to know the importance of Digital citizenship because they need to know to be kind and to be respectful. Learning to be respectful online and on social media can help them in the real world when they get older and more wiser when they meet new people and things to overcome in life. digital citizenship is also necessary because they need to learn to educate. Kids in this generation need to learn to educate kids and adults in the future generations.

Rule 1. Digital Etiquette

Rule: reread what you wrote before you send it. It is important to do this because if you typed something wrong, it might not be what you wanted to say in the first place, and it might just hurt someones feelings. So make sure you reread what you wrote before you send it on via email, post a picture on social media, or even a text message.

Rule 2. Information Privacy

Rule: don't just give your personal information to people who ask for it, especially online. To anyone! This is a very important rule. If you start giving out you phone number, email, credit card number etc. People (identity thieves) can hack you, harass you, or even blackmail you because they have your personal information, and they can share it or put it on the internet with a click of a button. So make sure, don't just give your personal information to people who ask for it, especially online.

Rule 3. Social Networking

Rule: You should not share anything on the internet that you would not like your parents, classmates, employers, bosses, or future colleges to see. Do not share personal pictures, information, or untrue or hurtful comments online, on your profile. This rule applies to not only email and text messaging, but also to different social networking sites that allows you to have a profile and share information. When you are on different social networks and medias, try to make your profile private, to ensure that no stranger tries to hack your account or to get your personal information, to use it against you. Some common social media/networking sites may include: Facebook, Vine, Snapchat, Youtube,, Skype, Twitter, email, Google+, or Instagram.

Rule 4. Online Safety

Rule: do not give out personal information such as, your name, pictures, address, phone number, email address, school etc. This is important to keep these things a secret because hackers and identity thieves can track you down through special networks and apps, that can soon lead to your very home and they can murder you and your family. If you need a screen name for a profile or username, try to pick something that is something totally different from you actual name. When you are making a profile for a social networking site/app, make sure it does not give away any type of information about you, including your birth date, phone number, address, or gender. Lots of websites will ask you for your name and other types of personal information that you should never give out. Before you make a profile, including any types of your personal information, make sure to always tell your parents about your username and password. So, always remember, do not give away your personal information to ANYONE. That information includes, your name, personal pictures, your/your parents address, phone number, email address, school name, etc.

Rule 5. Cyberbullying

Rule: Just delete messages or pictures from bullys, without reading them. This is an important rule because if you have been getting these messages from that one specific bully, and you know it is a threat or a hurtful comment, then just simply delete that photo or message. Yes, this rule is just that simple as just deleting that message or picture. And always remember, do not be a cyberbully yourself. To sum up, just delete messages or pictures that hurt you from bullys, without reading them. This can reduce the amount of that pang of sadness you always get when you see that embarrassing photo from bath time when you were 4. Or that message Billy keeps sending you telling you to drink bleach. So remember, just delete it.

Rule 6. Plagiarism

Rule: Give credit to your sources. Do not just copy someones work that they put the hard time and money into and say it is your work. Give a work cited page at the end of your report, telling the different resources, books, and websites where your located your information. Again, I'm not saying just don't use good resources, in fact, do! But always remember to give credit to your sources.

Rule 7. Copyright

Rule: Owning a copyright to a work, does not mean you own every right to that piece of work. The government likes to be a little tight with the rules of copyright. In some cases it is legal for other people to use your piece of work without your permission. This is known as "fair use". Whether or not your piece of work is a fair use: if your piece of work is for educational purposes, or in news reporting. So remember, owning a copyright to a work, does not mean you own every right to that piece of work.

Below, I attached a link about copyright and fair use. So make sure to go check it out!