Digital Citizenship in the Classroom

One of the articles listed for this week’s material,  Ribble’s Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship really stood out to me— by recognition of my own experience and some ideas in terms of approaching digital citizenship in my future classroom.

  • Digital Security and Privacy
  • Digital Etiquette
  • Digital Rights and Responsibility

Digital security and privacy are the electronic precautions that we all take to guarantee online safety. Online viruses can spread rapidly– like a cold or flu. It is important to understand and be aware of potential viruses; as well as retaining the skill to prevent them from happening (both in a school setting or at home).

Digital etiquette is the “electronic standards of conduct” which refers to the process of thinking of others when using your devices (posting, comments, respectability).

Digital rights and responsibility are freedoms and requirements that all internet users need to be mindful of while being online (consent, respect of others’ privacy/confidentiality).

Growing up, my mom always said “if you don’t want your grandma to see it, don’t post it”. Safe to say that her fear tactic was pretty effective, haha. On the other hand– my mom is terrible at remembering her passwords. Digital security isn’t for her– she likes to write her passwords down on paper but can never keep track of them. Where do we go from here? Is there such a thing as somewhere to securely keep all your passwords together in one place? How do you keep coming up with new, unique passwords? How do you know if your password appeared in a data leak? So many questions!

Here are some tips in regards to your digital citizenship needs:

One thought to “Digital Citizenship in the Classroom”

  1. Hi Jelisa! I like that you are comparing a computer virus to the flu. It’s a great way for kids to understand how fast they can spread. Just as we wash our hands to stay healthy, we also need to use antivirus software to stay safe from online dangers. Thanks for sharing tips on how to be a responsible digital citizen!

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