Be a digital citizen!

Digital Citizenship of Social Media

What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.

I am a Digital Citizen!

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Childnet has produced 5 key SMART rules which remind young people to be SMART online:

SAFE: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – such as your full name, e-mail address, passwords, phone number, home address, photos or school name – either to people you are chatting with online or by posting it online where other people can see it.

MEETING: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present.

ACCEPTING: Accepting e-mails, Instant Messenger (IM) messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages

RELIABLE: Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are.

TELL: Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online