Digital Citizen Project

Nathan F. Period 5

What is Digital Citizenship, and why is it important?

Digital Citizenship is ways to keep yourself safe on the internet, by following simple rules. In addition to this, it is also how to show respect to others online, and to never say hurtful things you wouldn't say in person. Furthermore, Digital Citizenship is how to be kind and keep yourself safe digitally, either on text, or on websites. This is very important because it teaches us children, and even adults, to follow all these valued online safety rules, and how to deal with others without making a hurtful remark. In conclusion to this, having Digital Citizenship is very good because it will help yourself (and future) when on the internet!

Why is it necessary for everyone to understand and display positive Digital Citizenship practices?

It's necessary for everyone to understand and display positive Digital Citizenship practices because then, many people will know to never say anything rude or offensive on the internet. This will also teach them how to stay away from strangers they don't know, and also teach them online safety along with cyberbullying. Furthermore, they will then know how to deal with everything they see on the internet, and how to avoid doing these harmful things. All in all, this is necessary for everyone to understand this because it will help them stay safe online, and in person!

RULE #1: Digital Etiquette

Be kind:

When on the internet, you treat people the way you want to be treated in person. In addition to this, you should also always treat others (on the internet) with respect, and never say anything rude. Being kind is something to do not only in person, but also when using the internet.

RULE #2: Information Privacy

Never share your personal information:

When browsing the internet you want to watch out for any ads or websites that ask for you to reveal your personal information. If you're not sure if it's a good idea or not, read the "Terms of Service", and find out if it's ok to put your information in. Other than this, if you do give out your information, then it's possible to get spam mail, and other things such as viruses.

RULE #3: Social Networking

Don't chat with random people:

If your chatting online, make sure you only chat with the people you know. Aside from this, only give out personal information (like the party in the "BrainPOP" video) to only people that you know of. If you give this out to strangers, then you have a probability of getting into dangerous situations with this person, not only over the internet, but also in person.

Easy Ways to Stay Safe on Social Networks

RULE #4: Online Safety

Let your parents know whats going on:

When chatting online, or even browsing the web, you should always tell your parents whats going on; such as telling them your online friends, people you talk to, what makes you feel uncomfortable, and others. When online (like I have said before), never give out personal information out to strangers, and be careful with strangers. In addition to this, if someone wants to meet face to face, or even wants a picture of you, you should get your parents involved, and tell them whats going on.

RULE #5: Cyberbullying

Don't be a cyberbully yourself:

If your mad, or just want a reaction from someone to make yourself feel better, you should never bully on the internet, email, or even through texts. Furthermore, don't write or text anything you wouldn't say in person (because it may be a harmless joke to yourself, but others can take it as an insult). Therefore, if your ever get angry or upset, always know to wait a couple minutes to rest and calm down before writing something that you can't take back.

RULE #6: Plagiarism

Never copy someone else's idea's:

When doing an assignment, or even just writing something for notes, you should never copy someone else's work word by word. By staying away from plagiarism, you should always paraphrase the text, or put the sentence(s) in quotes. If you do this, "attributing" or giving credit to your sources is also a good idea. In conclusion to this, using these simple rules will help you from getting into trouble by a teacher, or administrator.

RULE #7: Copyright

Only copy something if it is permitted:

According to the U.S. copyright law, it is illegal to copy someone's work when not permitted. Therefore, it is always best to ask, or get permission from the originator or the assignee for you to print, copy, publish, perform, or anything else, in your own work. In result, only copying something if permitted will help you from facing the consequences, such as getting sent to court, and even paying the originator in return of plagiarism.