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What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital citizenship is using technology in a safe, responsible and respectful way. What does safe look like? People need to know the ins and outs of managing privacy, security, self-image, identity, reputation and digital footprints. What does responsible technology use look like? People must understand the legalities of information consumption and consequences of their online actions. What does respectful technology use look like? Users must be technology literate and be able to use technology to strengthen their relationships and facilitate communication rather than diminish their personal interactions.

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With pressure from parents, administration and educational agencies to pack more and more rigor into the school day, teachers may feel that Digital Citizenship is something that they just don't have time for. However, making Digital Citizenship and its associated skills and ideals a priority will enable students to become for effective in the classroom. Ensuring that students understand and practice the eight components of digital literacy and citizenship (as organized by CommonSense Media) will put students and teachers in a better position to facilitate success in the 21st century. Privacy and Security, Self-Image and Identity, Relationships and Communications, Cyberbullying, Digital Footprint and Reputation, Creative Credit and Copyright, Information Literacy and Internet Safety are skills that are imperative for all learners. If there is a computer in the classroom or in the home, teachers, parents and students need to understand the expectations and responsibly of technology usage.

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Teachers, Parents and Kids of All Ages will benefit from the information put together by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children