Lesson 3.3: Digital Citizenship




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On this page, you will learn about the nine elements of digital citizenship and explore online ethics.


In Depth

The International Society for Technology in Education has created nine elements of digital citizenship . Find out what they are and how you can use them as guidelines when making your own online decisions.


Definition:

Navigating the digital world safely, responsibly and ethically.
Defintion:

A set of principles and morals governing people's behaviour, including honesty and respect toward others.
Definition:

A set of principals and morals governing people's behaviour, including honesty and respect toward others.
 

In the previous sections, you had a chance to see some ways in which people can behave unethically online. Here are a few more examples. Can you think of any others?

  • Posting information about people at school that they would never want shared.

  • Pretending you are someone else in an online chat room.

  • Starting a cruel social network page about members of the community.

  • Copying and pasting parts of someone else's work into your own without giving them credit.
Keep these four principles in mind when as you make decisions about your online behaviour.

  • Privacy: Respect the privacy of others online

  • Self-expression and identity: Present yourself in an honest and genuine way in the online world

  • Connected culture: Treat others in a kind and respectful manner, and avoid cyberbullying

  • Respecting creative work: Give credit to others and/or ask their permission when you use their work as part of your own

  • Common Sense Media, My Online Code, 2012