Digital Citizenship 101

By: Amber Black

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What is digital citizenship?

Digital citizenship is defined as the act of being responsible and safe users of all forms of technology. Some of these forms of technology include, but are not limited to, the internet, the computer, a tablet, and a cell phone. Digital citizenship is separated into nine "elements" as defined in Figure 2 and Video 1. These nine elements discuss proper online behaviors, safety precautions, ways to physically handle and treat technology, and so much more. Teaching digital citizenship is essential in the classroom as it prepares students what is expected of them in the digital age they live in.
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The 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship!!

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The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship

When you click on this button, you will be taken to a website that further explains each of the nine elements of digital citizenship in written form.

What makes a good digital citizen?

"A digital citizen knows how to harness the power of technology safely, respectively, and responsibly." Figure 3 highlights some behaviors that all digital citizens implement and practice.
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Figure 3

Super Digital Citizen

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