Digital Citizenship and Information Technology

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It is an unsophisticated fact that once information has been put into the digital world, it is public and permanent, whether you believe it or not. Free and low-cost digital tools allow students to create/write blogs, share their photos and artwork on social media, design videos and grow a YouTube following, and participate in projects with peers around the world. The articles used in this essay are Info graphic: Citizenship in the digital age by: Diana Fingal, Plugged in parents by: Common sense media, Are you practicing ethical digital citizenship? by: Rashmi.

The online world has many good advantages and bad risks. A good digital citizen will make sure to think about what they post online and keep away from creepy sounding people. Be safe. Being safe online is a whole topic, much different from being a good digital citizen”and with much different ramifications. It’s crucial not divulge any personal information, passwords, addresses, etc. with someone you don’t know. For more detailed information on Internet safety tips, read our blog post about keeping kids safe online. Don’t say anything online you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. An online comment can be even more hurtful than a face-to-face insult, because once something is written the person can read it repeatedly. Sometimes, we find it easier to reply with negative comments when the person is not right in front of you and you can hide behind your computer or smartphone. Don’t be tempted; think twice about what you are saying before you post or send, and ask yourself, Would I say this to someone if they were standing in front of me?

Treat others the way you want to be treated. This sounds basic, but it’s probably the one piece of digital etiquette advice that is broken the most.

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