Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Digital Citizenship

Students today are expected to have a fairly high level of computer skills and to understand their responsibility to use technology appropriately. Good "digital citizenship" means taking your responsibility seriously, as well as learning how to use technology appropriately.

Students who misuse technology are poor digital citizens and their irresponsible actions make the digital society less pleasant and more complicated. Don't be a poor digital citizen! Be informed about the norms of appropriate use and always think about others before you post something on social media, on a blog, or comment at a news site.

Become familiar with these terms:

Digital access - full participation in the digital society. Many students do not have computer access or devices.

Digital commerce - buying and selling via the internet. This involves entering personal information which can be tracked.

Digital communication - electronic communication and exchange of information. Communications should be friendly yet formal. Do not use multiple !!!!! Avoid strange fonts and multiple colors. Use expressive language to communicate rather than emojis or emoticons.

Digital etiquette - electronic standards or norms of conduct. Cite your sources. Never post material others have written as your own. Avoid sarcasm and ad hominem.

Digital law - electronic regulations with which the citizen voluntarily complies; access is granted based on agreement to comply.

Digital literacy - teaching and learning about technology and the digital society. Students should learn the basics of computer use and digital responsibility in schools and in their homes.

Digital native - a person who is familiar with computers and digital technology because they have been brought up during the age of digital technology.

Digital rights and responsibilities - rights of digital citizenship and consequences of misuse or abuse of those rights.

Digital security - updated electronic precautions to protect computers, phones, and other electronic devices.

Digital wellness - emotional and physical health related to the use of technology. Students must learn to self-regulate use of technology to avoid developing problems with their hands, joints, eyes and hearing. IT workers are especially vulnerable and should use workplaces, products and systems that are designed to fit them (ergonomics).

Typical examples of poor digital citizenship
Some students use digital cameras to take pictures of a test.
Some students copy material from the Internet without giving credit.
Some students log onto school programs with another's username and password.
Some students leave cellphone ringer on during public events.
Some students use text-messaging during class.
Some students do not make intelligent purchases online.
Some students fail to keep up with virus protection.
Some students fail to back-up files. 

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