Digital Citizenship Project

Kaden W., Period 3

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7 Digital Citizenship Rules

1. Always be respectful towards others online. Have good manners, have courtesy, and treat others with respect so that you will be treated the same way.

2. Never share any of your personal information on the internet, because there are people online who will steal it and use it however they like, try to trick you into scams, or try to steal your identity.

3. Social networking is a way for people to meet and communicate over the internet. You can find new people who share interests and keep your friends up to date. You should never post anything you wouldn't want your parents, classmates, teachers, or future employers to see. Never give out any personal information.

4. When online, always stay safe. Do these things to keep you as safe as possible. Keep your identity a secret. Also, be extra careful with strangers. If anyone makes you feel bad online, tell an adult. Lastly, always protect your passwords.

5. Cyberbullying is bullying online. Unfortunately, there are very many ways to do it. If cyberbullying happens to you, tell an adult to stop the problem as quickly as possible.

6. Plagiarism is stealing or using someone else's work or ideas and taking credit for it. Plagiarism is a very serious thing and you can even get arrested for it. Whenever using someone else's ideas or work always give them credit.

7. Copyrights are legal protections given to authors of creative works. When you create something of your own, there are rights given to you that can be taken to court. This means you are the only one with the right to copy or distribute your works.

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What is Digital Citizenship and Why is it Important for everyone to Understand and Display Positive Digital Citizenship?

Digital Citizenship is a large set of rules that, if you follow them, lets you be the best possible person online toward others and lets your online experience be the best possible. Some of the rules teach how to be safe online, keep your information private, and stay protected from strangers who might try to hurt you in some way shape or form. Other rules teach us how to act towards others online, so that you get treated the same way. It is important for everyone to understand and display positive digital citizenship because without anyone using digital citizenship, the online world would be a mess and would be made of chaos. Disrespect would go back and fourth between everyone and personal information would constantly be stolen. Nobody would be safe and nobody would ever want to go online again, whether it be out of fear, identity theft, fear of being bullied or insulted, or other possible consequences. When everyone shows digital citizenship, everyone gets along. Digital citizenship would also keep everyone safe online.