Digital Citizenship
The Do's and Dont's of Using the Web

       Learning how to responsibly navigate and interact on the internet is essential to                                                                  developing digital citizenship.

What is Digital Citizenship?

Bridging Home & School

"Communication between parents, teachers, and children can help the children understand what responsible online behaviour looks like".

Parents and teachers play an important role in modeling proper internet use. Parents and children can use the computer together to show children what sites are safe, encourage proper online behaviours, and develop a sense of responsibility and accountability while using the internet. 


Cyberbullying refers to "harmful actions that are communicated via electronic media and are intended to embarrass, harass, or slander another individual." It is important to understand that anything that happens through electronic media can result in legal action.

Involvement in Global Issues through Digital Tools

Work done using digital tools in the classroom has an effect on and is also effected by global issues. As such, we must be mindful of the conditions that must exist when using digital citizenship. These include fair and equitable access for all students provided by school administration, programming must focus on safe use and be based on education, and finally use of digital tools must include active citizenship training and a connection to global issues. Students' work, when using digital tools, is no longer contained just to the physical classroom boundaries. As such, students must be aware of global issues and be active citizens to have an impact on the world around them

Civic Learning

Through conversation and inquiry based learning, students learn about key issues and dilemmas that arise in everyday life. It will help children to understand the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a direct and meaningful way. The aim of civic learning is to motivate students to take an active and purposeful part in society.


The purpose of copyright laws are to protect the property of the creators. In Canada, there are five categories of what is called fair dealing which means that work protected by copyright laws can be used without permission from the creator. These include:
1. Research
2. Private study
3. Criticism
4. Review
5. News reporting

Students should familiarize themselves with Creative Commons (, which includes works that are copyright free.


Plagiarism involves claiming someones work as your own original creation. Plagiarism is a form of fraud and is a serious ethical academic offense. Plagiarism can involve stealing someone’s intellectual property without properly crediting or improperly sourcing the original author. There are serious academic penalties for plagiarism including but not limited to a zero on the assignment and possibly expulsion from the course.

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