October 16, 2010
“What is Digital Citizenship? Why is it important that we understand Digital Citizenship and appropriately practice it?" This year's theme: Digital Citizenship
In order for students to become responsible digital citizens, they must: *Understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology *Practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software *Develop positive attitudes toward technology applications that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity
Digital Technology is the norms concerning technology. It is a concept, which helps technology leaders understand what technology users should know about using technology properly. In reality, the world is changing into a technology-based place and many adults and children are often misusing technology. Digital citizenship is the concept in which to prepare everyone. It includes nine key elements that teach and require the proper use of technology. The key elements of digital citizenship are, Digital Etiquette, Digital Communication, Digital Literacy, Digital Access, Digital Commerce, Digital Law, Digital Rights & Responsibilities, Digital Health & Wellness, and Digital Security (self-protection).
Digital Etiquette is one of the areas where most problems occur. It is the electronic standards of conduct or procedure. The problem is not that no rules or protocols exist, but that they are constantly created and no one is teaching the digital citizens. Therefore, they are not responsible for their incorrect behavior. It is in equivalent to adding a new standard on a high school course and a teacher not teaching the new standard. The student then is not responsible for failing the ability to apply that standard.