Digital citizenship references the responsible use of digital media that is made up of nine specific elements. Access, commerce, literacy, etiquette, law, wellness, security, commerce, rights and responsibility are all part of what it means to be a digital citizen. We are connected daily with computers, cellphones, tablets and assisted living devices. 

Teaching these elements and what it means to be a responsible digital citizen to students is very important in todays daily life as most of our lives are well connected digitally. As a society we now pay our bills online, we work online, we grocery shop online and even communicate with family online. None of which can be done responsibly with out having the digital literacy to do so. We take for granted our abilities to be so freely digitally social connected we are; and with that comes the responsibility to be a good digital citizen. We must remain cognizant of our digital communications and how that can effect our personal security and privacy. 

When speaking about digital privacy it is worth noting that there is generational, social-economic and even gender that effects ones stance on what privacy means to them (Regan, P. M., FitzGerald, G., & Balint, P. (2013)). Millennials are the first always connected generation; therefor my own ideas on digital privacy may be skewed according to the influences that technology has had in my life. In the digital world, there is not much privacy anymore; we are connected daily with social media, utility bills, and even checking out at a physical store, we are giving up information that is being put in to the digital world. As a millennial it is not something that has worried me much before but has just become part of the understanding that this is the way of the world now. It has also become part of what it means in a professional capacity. While knowing that there is limited privacy anymore, we become more conscious about the way we present ourselves on social media as it has a direct impact on how we are viewed in the professional world. I have found myself being more cautious and having more professional etiquette in the digital world; being more mindful of the way I communicate and the content I may post or share across multimedia. 

            As an educator; I find that I must be a role model and example for students when it comes to digital citizenship. Recognizing my own digital literacy skills, further growing them and being a good digital citizen. Supporting students in any of the nine elements that are comprised to create a good digital citizen. Leustig (2019) complies a list of what it means for students to be a good digital citizen. One element she points out I found that stands out as important is for students to acknowledge a good and bad digital citizen. “Not all digital citizenship is good, so it is important to emphasize the difference between the good and bad, ensuring that students are held accountable when they are engaging in harmful online activity.” By awknowledging a bad digital citizen we can best emphasis what it means to be a good digital citizen and abide by the nine elements.

Leustig, T. (2019) “What is Digital Citizenship?”

Tuscano, F. “Why Digital Citizenship Matters?”

Regan, P. M., FitzGerald, G., & Balint, P. (2013). Generational views of information privacy?Innovation: The European Journal Of Social Sciences, 26(1/2), 81-99. doi:10.1080/13511610.2013.747650

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