What is digital citizenship?
Students must learn how to communicate and collaborate safely online. Being a good digital citizen means being responsible and cautious in the digital community, including email etiquette, protecting private information, and preventing and reporting cyberbullying.
How to be a good digital citizen:
1. Leave a positive digital footprint.
Use your media accounts positively. Your digital footprint could impact future job or college decision.
2. Know the (other) golden rule.
Everything can be tracked, even if you think it disappears. Make good decisions.
3. Always be nice (and encourage others to be nice, too).
Cyberbullying is real and many have more courage behind a screen than they ever would in person. Be kind.
4. Avoid suggestive material.
Sending or requesting suggestive material ("sexting") is risky and once it is sent, the sending no longer has control over who sees it. There are potential legal and social risks associated with these decisions.
5. Beware of stranger danger.
Many have heard this all of their life, but think it isn't a big deal since there is a screen between them and the stranger; however, it is not safe to practice this. Your personal information could easily be in danger as well as you personally could be in danger. Only talk to people you have met in person.
6. Don't steal.
Avoid plagiarism by citing your sources correctly.