Digital Citizenship

"Digital citizenship describes the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use." (Ribble, 2008)

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has listed nine elements in the article "Passport to Digital Citizenship" that "help users focus on the these issues, but they expand beyond the boundary of just working with technology appropriately. They also begin to set the stage for how we work with each other in a global, digital society" (Ribble, 2008).

These nine elements include:
1. Digital Access
2. Digital Commerce
3. Digital Communication
4. Digital Literacy
5. Digital Health & Wellness
6. Digital Security

7. Digital Etiquette- The standards of conduct expected by other digital technology users. Do users consider others when
using digital technologies?

8. Digital Law- The legal rights and restrictions governing technology use. Are users aware of laws (rules, policies) that govern
the use of digital technologies?

9. Digital Rights and Responsibilities- The privileges and freedoms extended to all digital technology users and the behavioral
expectations that come with them. Are users ready to protect the rights of others to defend
their own digital rights?

Ways that teachers can approach Digital Citizenship:

  • Discuss ownership in a digital environment
  • Introduce students to creative commons
  • Model its use in your own practice

Read the article "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad (C)?" by Doug Johnson

In it he comments:
"We also must acknowledge that there's a growing movement that believes current intellectual property law, especially copyright, works against the greater good of society."

In its conclusion he states:

"I'm looking at the moral issues involved in intellectual property. Many states once had segregation laws that required African Americans to sit at the back of the bus. More than 50 years ago, a brave woman named Rosa Parks defied the law and changed the course of history. Are our current copyright laws requiring students and teachers to sit at the back of the intellectual property bus? How do we respond if a student's or teacher's actions seem legally suspect but morally correct? As librarians and educators in the information age, there are times we need to have the courage to stand up for freedom."

Watch the follow TED Talk video with Lawrence Lessig and see if you agree with his sentiments on this issue:

Ribble, Mark (Dec/Jan, 2008-09). Passport to Digital Citzenship: Journey Toward Appropriate Technology Use at School and at Home. Learning & Leading with Technology. Retrieved from: http://web.ebscohost.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/ehost/pdf?vid=4&hid=13&sid=c2d95701-f445-4929-8c56-9cf3f03092d5%40sessionmgr11