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What is digital citizenship?

"Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate and responsible online behaviour."

- Dr. Mike Ribble,

Why be a digital citizen?

It is important to be a digital citizen because what you do online follows you everywhere and there is no turning back. Everything you do online is helping to create your digital fingerprint and everyone has access to it, anytime and anywhere. Your online presence is a part of who you are in the real world and you are responsible for your actions online just as if you had done it in person - there is no difference!
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How to be a Safe and Responsible Digital Citizen

1. Protect your privacy.

  • Do not share passwords and make sure that all personal information you are submitting is safe and protected. If you are not sure, then don't do it!

2. Think before you type.

  • Always think about the impact of what you are writing and doing online will have on others and on yourself. If it is something you wouldn't want done to you or you wouldn't want anyone to know you did, then don't do it!

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Why is 'netiquette' important?

It's important to know that we should have good manners at all times, in all places and spaces. We always need to remember that we should treat others the way we want to be treated and that is no different online.

Watch the clip below and discuss:

1. Some examples of good and bad 'netiquette'.

2. What impact can improper 'netiquette' have on your life?

Netiquette with Tim and Moby

Character Matters!

Choose one of the character matter attributes and discuss how it relates to being a digital citizen. Think of a real-life example of what this attribute looks like in the digital world.

We respect ourselves and treat others with courtesy, dignity, and positive regard. We honour the rights of others. We respect their belongings, the environment and the world around us.
We are accountable for all our actions. We follow through on our commitments.
We behave in a sincere, trustworthy, and truthful manner.
We strive to sense and appreciate the emotions of others, to "stand in their shoes." We demonstrate appreciation of and concern for their feelings. We try to understand issues from their perspectives even though we may not agree with them personally.
We are sensitive to the needs of each individual. We treat each other as we wish to be treated ourselves. We interact with others without stereotyping, prejudice or discrimination. We stand up for human rights.
We act without being prompted by others. We are eager to do what needs to be done without having to be told to do it. We take the first step towards the achievement of a goal.
We stick to a goal and work hard even in the face of obstacles and challenges. We complete all tasks and assignments.
We are truthful and sincere. We ensure consistency between what we say and what we do as well as between what we believe and how we behave.
We face challenges directly. We seek help from others when necessary. We do the right thing even when it may be unpopular. We are able to recognize risks and danger and do not take unwise risks to gain the approval of those around us.
We maintain a positive attitude. We look on the brighter side of situations. We are able to see opportunities even in the face of adversity. We have hope for the future.

Food for Thought

What digital fingerprint are you creating for yourself?