How would you define Digital Citizenship? And is it a problem in our current world? Personally, Digital Citizenship is the way we behave online, positive or negative ethics we use, what we share, and pretty much exposing our personal lives or even other people with people all over the world. According to the Digital Citizenship article, it defines Digital Citizenship as the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. I believe all these Digital Technology available to us is a great resource, but at the same time, how we use it, can also harm us.
As time keeps passing, technology also keeps advancing. And with this, now more than ever, we must teach our children and students to become positive Digital Citizenships. In order to be positive, we must prepare our students to use Digital Citizenship with confidence and as safe as possible. This is precisely why it is so important to teach and encourage students at a young age, that it is very important to keep personal information confidential.
I have been doing some research on what Digital Citizenship is. One article that really got my attention by Craig Badura, “The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit,” thoroughly explains how to keep personal information safe. Most of all, I really like the fact that he uses props; (padlock, toothbrush, permanent marker, and toothpaste)to represent how to do it and how each works.
- Padlock= set strong passwords and locks on all digital devices
- Toothbrush= never share passwords with anyone (parents and teachers are okay)
- Permanent Marker= everything you put online is permanent and will never be permanently deleted even if you hit the delete button
- Toothpaste= once the information is posted, it is very hard to “put” it all back
The media environment in which our children are growing is completely different than before. With technology at our finger tips, it makes us feel as if we are invisible to everything and everyone. What I mean by this is that we go and post things about ourselves, or even about other people without realizing how vulnerable this can make us. Below is a video from Youtube, which explains what Digital Citizenship is, and how we can help our students to use it better.
I believe that as future teachers and parents, it is our job to teach our children what is the difference between public and private. Anything and everything we post online will eventually become public, even if our settings are as private. This is precisely why it is very important to be careful with what we say or do online.