Digital Citizenship

As technology continues to evolve at a record pace, so does the need for digital citizenship.  According to Ribble (2012), “Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use” (p. 1).  The days of going on the internet and believing that all is good in the world of technology is no more.  As we become students and teachers of technology, we must be aware of how to be a good citizen.

One theme that is important is digital security (self-protection).  We all must be conscious of what information we are revealing online as well as what sites we are visiting.  The site that provides good information concerning this issue is  As technology becomes more advanced, so do the hackers who steal our identity and make us suffer the consequences. We were in a meeting earlier this year and were presented with a site to determine if it were legitimate or not.  Most of us voted that it was legitimate, however, it was not.  Once our attention was called to the false site, we all saw it.  However, if we would have gone to the incorrect site, we would have received a virus.

Another theme that is important is digital rights and responsibilities.  Once we are aware of our rights and responsibilities as digital citizens, we can proceed with the knowledge of what is required for success.  The site that provides a look at the rights and responsibilities is  The site offers standards, instructional activities as well as teacher resources.  Once students and teachers are made aware of what rights we have on the internet, we can become a better digital citizen.  In addition to the rights, we must also adhere to the responsibilities of being a digital citizen. My school is currently investigating several bullying complaints through the use of social media and technology.  This is definitely not acceptable, and we must ensure that our students understand this beyond any doubt.

With increased use of technology comes the requirement of becoming a better digital citizen.  We as teachers must ensure that we are aware of what the components of being a digital citizen are and providing guidance to each student so they can become a respectful citizen.


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Ribble, M. (n.d.). Nine elements: Nine themes of digital citizenship. Retrieved May 30, 2012, from

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