What is good digital citizenship?

Jack Andraka

Invented a test strip at 15 years old that can test for pancreatic cancer. It is 168 times faster, costs approximately three cents and is 400 times more sensitive than the current diagnostic tests and only takes five minutes to administer. Digital citizens should use technology to share achievements, ideas and different perspectives in order to inspire others and engage in dialogue that encourages reflection and personal growth.

Digital citizens understand the interconnected nature of humans and humanity. They use technology to communicate with others to highlight issues, and incite change in a legal and ethical manner.

It is taking your online presence, the voice that is your profile / click and using it for the good of others. Something so simple and easy to do - such as sharing this image- can mean the world to someone else.

Digital citizenship is about knowing how to keep yourself and others safe online. Digital citizens realise the repercussions their actions may have online.

Developing and sustaining one's moral compass - "... must develop an ethical core that can guide us in areas of experience that are in many ways unfamiliar " - Ohler 2010.

Digital citizenship involves students using their judgement to influence their actions online, and makes them reflect on the ramifications offline.

It is important to keep up with technology. We need to fully understand the potential of new technology that we use in order to continue making sensible decisions : What am I putting out there? How could this be manipulated or misused? Once we have this knowledge, it is our duty as a digital citizen to spread this message and educate other users.

Digital citizens are bombarded with information. They must know how to filter information from reliable sources and check the authenticity before believing everything to be fact. They are wary that there are those out there who would use the digital age to spread propaganda, lies and misinformation.

The sentence above can be read eight different ways depending on which word is accentuated. Digital citizens should be vary wary that their words can be misinterpreted easily. In forums there are is no tone, intonation or gesture.

Digital citizens know where to go when they need help, whether this be emotional help and support, or help with work. Digital citizens know the time for collaborative work, but are also able to effectively work alone.

Technology has drastically changed the way we learn, effective learners in the age of the digital citizenship know how to use technology independently to meet their own needs : " Learning is evolving, we like to learn how we want, when we want and where we want"

"Identity will be the most valuable commodity for citizens in the future, and it will exists primarily online" Eric Schmidt - Google chairmen.

Digital citizens realise how important and valuable they are - both as a person and as an identity. They know that not everyone is who they seem online and are also critical of their own online image and this might reflect in the eyes of others.

Students now stand between two worlds - the real world and cyber space. Digital citizens need to develop a healthy relationship with technology. Using technology can make life easier, but too much time online can damage personal relationships. Students need to realise the value of competences and skills that cannot be taught and learnt online.

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