Digital Citizenship

by Sarah Paige Hunter

What is Digital Citizenship?

A few stats to introduce the topic:

  • 92% of elementary aged children post their real name to the profile they use most often
  • 91% post photos of themselves
  • 82% post their birth date
  • 84% post their interests (movies, books, music, etc.)
  • 71% post the city where they live/school they attend
The point: Kids start social media early, so we must educate them on how to maintain a healthy digital citizenship in order to avoid risky situations and to create a "positive digital footprint."

"A digital citizen knows how to harness the power of technology safely, respectfully, and responsibly."

Children are exposed to technology at a very young age. They consume content, and they also create it. They can access any content they want at virtually any time, and they are often unaware of the consequences of their actions on the internet. Teaching digital citizenship teaches students how to safely navigate and use the internet, while creating a positive experience instead of a negative one.
Digital Citizenship

The nine elements of digital citizenship

Guidelines for practicing ethical and legal behavior

1. Digital Access- everyone has availability to technology

2. Digital Commerce- buying and selling things online safely

3. Digital Communication- using Social Media effectively, respectfully, and safely

4. Digital Etiquette- presenting yourself well on the internet

5. Digital Health & Wellness- using technology in a healthy way that keeps students safe psychologically and physically

6. Digital Law- regulation of what is and is not allowed on the internet

7. Digital Literacy- teaching/learning about technology and its different uses

8. Digital Rights & Responsibilities- the right to privacy and free speech with technology, and the responsibility that comes with these

9. Digital Security- protecting personal information and taking electronic precautions