Digital Citizenship

Anitha, Ashley, Sadia, Virginia, and Karim


1)Sources not cited:

Students copying a large amount of text and not saying where they got the information from.

Students using other people's work and not giving credit for the person's work.

2) Sources Cited:

The student mentions the authors name but fails to provide the details on where they found the information.

The student doesn't not cite the sources properly on the assignment using proper quotations or putting in the authors name or year.

Students need to learn how to properly cite when they get information from the internet. They have to lean to use the APA or MLA style. Students need to be aware of the academic integrity this way they know what they should do and what they can get penalized for.


Cyber-bullying is harmful actions using Internet or media to harass and embarrass an individual. It's common among youngsters because they use a lot of media and social networking websites so if they want to take revenge on somebody they use this form.

Parents need to monitor what their child is doing on the internet to prevent from cyber-bullying to occur.

Cyber Bullying Virus

Bridging home & school

- Tackling Cyber-bullying requires a multi-faceted approach communicating with different members of the community that goes outside the school environment.

- Not only can teachers help against cyber-bullying, but parents as well.

- The Canadian Safety Council outlined the following responsibilities when cyber-bullying is found (not just in school, but anywhere!):

1. You see it; report it! If there is cyber-bullying being reported, listen to the victim! Make sure he/she is safe from immediate danger!

2. Gather all the evidence! Find any documentation about the bullying, witness reports, and communication logs between the bully and the victim.

3. Confront the bully! Teacher should inform and meet with the bully's parents and let other educators know too, in addition to proper authorities (like the police).

4. Stop it at the source! Prevention is key; encourage students to think about cyberbullying not just at school, but outside of it through other social media outlets and latest trends like Facebook and Twitter and talk about it if you see it!

Copyright Laws

Canadian term of fair dealing:
1. Research
2. Private study
3. Criticism
4. Review
5. News reporting
In their own jurisdictions, teachers and students need to be aware of the copyright laws. They should be aware of Creative Commons, a non-profit organization committed to providing and expanding works that can be used copyright free.
Teachers and students are allowed to use upto 10% of a resource without permission from the owner. If they would like use more, they must contact the owner and seek permission. Furthermore, resources must be cited clearly. Two portions from Canada’s Bill C-32 is important to teachers in relation to copyright laws. The Canadian Teachers’ Federation allows teachers free access for resource collection in accordance to fair dealing. Teachers should model policies related to use of media, videos, articles, songs, etc. to demonstrate to students how they also should conduct themselves.
Copyright and Fair Use for Student Projects
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Netiquette is understood to be the code of conduct for polite and appropriate use of the internet.

Students who follow netiquette do the following things:

-use appropriate language (not obscene, profane, threatening, harassing, bulling, violent, homophobic, racist, sexist, or disrespectful language), regardless of how its posted.

-refrain from sending messages that contain information that would cause discomfort to others.

-Do not hack systems or networks

-Give and respect others' privacy

When bringing personal electronic devices to school, students and teachers must communicate appropriate uses to set guidelines. Students must understand that this is a privilege, not a right so it can be stopped and forbidden at the principals discretion if it interferes with student learning.

Finally, students can bring devices to school, but no they are not recommended to be used during class time unless given permission by the teacher. Students also have to secure their own devices (turning off and putting them away).

Involvement in global issues through digital tools

Involvement in Global Issues through Digital Tools
Digital tools allow students access to global communication and connection. Students use tools to reflect their own communities or explore communities through these connections. The knowledge gained from utilizing digital tools through this method of learning is valuable only through safe use of technologies, growth of netiquette, and critical education. 3 main principals are necessary when considering learning about global issues through digital tools: issues of equal access that must be handled by the school administration, education and programming must center on the teaching rights and responsibilities for safe use and netiquette when online, and lastly, digital technology use will encompass citizenship training. Using electronic devices will help students complete their assignments; this will be a resource tool, for example, google to learn about the global world.

Civic Learning

- Part of being a proper digital citizen is to understand major issues and conflicts that occur everyday in and out of school.

- Students should take an active part of the community, and understand the rights and responsibilities of digital citizens, regarding the environment, immigration, and the job market.

- Students should use digital resources to pursue the values of society like tolerance, inclusion, and positive change.