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.
After 15 years working on this topic there has been some updating to the nine elements of Digital Citizenship. In addition to the updates to the Nine Elements a new Framework has been created to help users to understand and organize these themes. It is the S3 Framework (Safe, Savvy and Social) and take a look at the Nine Elements page to learn more.
In the summer of 2019 we will be releasing a a new, updated book on Digital Citizenship titled - The Digital Citizenship Handbook for School Leaders: Fostering Positive Interactions Online. Once again we will be partnering with ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). Don't let the title scare you off, if you are looking for information on Digital Citizenship, you are a school leader. 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.
For those who are a member of ISTE please join the Digital Citizenship PLN (Professional Learning Network) to see how you can get involved.