#8 – Digital Citizenship

There are Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship, many people have become familiar with term like Cyber Bullying, Netiquette, Identity Theft and more, however there is one element that is extremely important and until recently not discussed much. Digital Health and Wellness has begun to pop up in discussions, partly due to Selena Gomez’ recent stay in Rehab for mental health issues and her break from social media. This was a shock to many considering she is one of the most followed people on Instagram. She appeared on the Today Show just this week, with a message for girls that they are “more than just an Instagram like.” Selena has also began speaking out about the effects of social media and what it can do to a person emotionally.

For the last several years I have been a pretty active Facebook user, over the past two weeks or so I have taken a break myself, I thought it would be a hard adjustment to make. I have surprised myself at how easily I have adjusted.

The Digital Element for Digital Health and Wellness is defined as “physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world. Eye safety, repetitive stress syndrome, and sound ergonomic practices are issues that need to be addressed in a new technological world.  Beyond the physical issues are those of the psychological issues that are becoming more prevalent such as Internet addiction.  Users need to be taught that there are inherent dangers of technology. Digital Citizenship includes a culture where technology users are taught how to protect themselves through education and training.” Edutopia make a valid argument that children need to learn appropriate offline behaviors prior to joining an online community. It is also important to make sure the children understand that who you are online and who you are offline should be the same – however many people publish an edited and polished version of themselves and their lives for online audiences.

See my Face of the Classroom “Digital Citizenship” page.

ISTE Teacher Standard  4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices. Teachers: a. advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources b. address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies and providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources c. promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information d. develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools.

ISTE Student Standard 5: Digital citizenship Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.