Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.
The topic of digital citizenship is certainly gaining momentum not only in the United States but around the world. Whether it is called digital citizenship, digital wellness or digital ethics the issues are the same; how should we act when we are online, and what should be taught to the next generation. With the growth of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and 1:1 initiatives in schools there is a need to talk about responsible use of technology. There are many organizations and individuals that are working on this topic. If you are interested in additional information go to the Resources Tab and look for their links. With the changes happening so rapidly please check out some of these leaders on Twitter using the #digcit to search for ideas.
In response to many discussions with users from around the world some new ideas have surfaced on how to discuss the nine elements of digital citizenship. Take a look at the bottom of the Nine Elements page for more information related to Respect, Educate and Protect.
If you have questions or comments about the material found on this website please click on the Contact Us link to send us your information. If you are interested in reading more about Digital Citizenship please go to the Publications page of this website and click on the link for the Digital Citizenship in Schools book which will connect to the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) or Amazon website. We do have a related a book for parents on digital citizenship titled Raising a Digital Child. A second edition of the first book Digital Citizenship in Schools was released in the Fall of 2011 (go to the Publications page to find out how to order these books). As of the Fall of 2013 these books are now available in Arabic as well. We are excited to announce that the third edition of Digital Citizenship in Schools has been released. We have had great response from those that have purchased a copy.
If you are interested in a presentation on Digital Citizenship or other related technology discussions go to the Contact Us page and send an e-mail or fill out the form provided.
For those who are a member of ISTE please join the Digital Citizenship PLN (Professional Learning Network) to see how you can get involved.