What is Digital Citizenship

What is Digital Citizenship? It’s Citizenship

Digital citizenship is the new “Citizenship” that connects us with people across time zones, distances, cultures, and locations. The digital tools are integrated into the life that we all live in and is the only way of living that is known by today’s students.

Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that digital tools are not what define Citizenship. It is how we interact and behave with others, such as through collaboration & communication, social-emotional like empathy and cultural competencies, problem-solving, perseverance, and personal responsibility. These skills are integral to how we engage with others and the world. However, digital tools such as the social media environment is the ocean that we all swim in and interact with others in our daily lives. Both the person and the environment are tightly intertwined and interdependent. 

A Digital Citizen is...

Students recognize the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. (MITECS and ISTE Standards for Students)

Digital CitizenshipExample: Eleventh-grade students in a Careers Course created LinkedIn accounts and entered a resume of their work and volunteer experiences. After careful research on topics about the kind of work they thought would be interesting to do, they composed short articles, which after a peer review and teacher review, they revised, before publishing the results on their LinkedIn account. During the composition time, the teacher taught about respectful commenting through an author study of comments on articles online. The students analyzed the comments in a fishbowl structure with other students and explored what made comments constructive and positive versus disrespectful or toxic. After some practice dialoguing in a private discussion board on a wiki, students posted live comments on each other’s LinkedIn articles.

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Sue Schwartz
Executive Director