in the year 2015

Definitition of a digital citizen

"Digital citizenship is defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use." (Digital Citizenship in the Classroom - Dr. Mike Ribble)


"Old fashioned" etiquette can be displayed by such actions as holding the door or saying "please" and "thank you". Etiquette in the digital age is known as netiquette. It is the "standard of conduct expected by other digital technology users". (Digital Citizenship in the Classroom- Dr. Mike Ribble)


"Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. (

Students have a responsibility to use proper online manners (netiquette) and treat others kindly. Students need to learn social cues and norms in order to address personal problems personally and not digitally. Students need to be reminded of kind, patient behavior.

Students should stop and think about how their actions might impact someone else. They should respect themselves and others before posting harmful information.

fighting plagiarism

Plagiarism is quite easy when all one has to do is search for what one needs and then copy and paste it into a document. It is quite alarming that a student, without proper instruction, can undertake flawed research practices and generate an inaccurate product. (Teaching Zack to Think)

Students have to be taught the basics of research and citations in order to attribute credit where it is due.

The Internet is a powerful research tool. Students must be educated on using it properly.


Students need to be wary of websites and only access appropriate content. (Cool Cat Teacher poster)

Students should stop what they are doing and take a screenshot of any questionable content. Offensive individuals should be blocked and an adult should be informed of the content. If the student feels comfortable, he/she should share the content/incident with others.

Students should make prudent choices. They should listen to themselves to make a correct choice - especially when it comes to personal information

digital literacy

Teaching students new forms of technology and how it should be used. In order to be digitally literate, students should be able to use technology to create information; to use information in multiple formats; to read a variety of media; and to gain knowledge from various sources.

Because students are "digital natives" it important to instill the requisite tools in them to become literate.

A digitally literate student is an actively engaged learner and fosters an ability to make decisions for his/her future.