Digital citizenship is responsibly using the technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with people on any level. Digital citizenship includes appropriate online etiquette, literacy in how digital technologies work and how to use them, an understanding of ethics and related law, knowing how to stay safe online, and advice on related health and safety issues such as predators and the permanence of data. It is about confidence and positive engagement with digital technologies.
With the increase in technologies, everyone is becoming more dependent on the internet for daily activities like checking bank account, purchasing something online, or talking to someone; especially at present, many people are using the internet daily as a result of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to this increase in dependency on technology, there’s a difference between good digital citizenship and bad digital citizenship.
Good digital citizenship engages people and shows them how to connect with one other, empathize with each other whereas Bad digital citizenship, on the other hand, includes cyberbullying and irresponsible social media usage.
By educating people especially students about digital citizenship, they can develop an understanding of concepts like
- Digital and information literacy
- Privacy and Security
- Practicing digital literacy
- Practicing digital wellness
- Acknowledging the digital divide
- Understanding User Data
Online etiquettes are also one of the aspects of being a good digital citizen i.e communicating kindly with others. It’s important for people to understand that their written words have just as powerful an effect on the recipient as they would if spoken aloud.
World over years has taken a huge turn with the advanced technology we have therefore it is very essential to teach citizens about the basic understanding of using devices in an effective and useful way.
Example: Finding your query on search engines like google, shopping online, learning how to pay online, etc.
Digital literacy is the practice of reading information online and understanding what it means, where it originated, and whether it’s accurate. Digital literacy requires a lot of planning and review to ensure what one needs to know about the digital world.
Digital Literacy can be summarized as:
Clickbait refers to any text, headline, video title, etc. that’s deliberately written to pique someone’s interest and get them to click.
2. Fake News:
Fake news is a relatively new phenomenon in 2019. It refers to any media outlet publishing severely biased or intentionally false information.
Empathy is actually a big part of digital literacy and digital citizenship because digital literacy requires students to think beneath the face-value text that they’re reading online, they need empathy to truly understand the information they’re absorbing.
Digital Divide is the disparity between those who have access to modern digital tools (like computers and the Internet) and those who don’t. By acknowledging the digital divide one can mean to find the information one needs.
Digital wellness is the practice of refraining from indulging in the Internet and digital media for unreasonable amounts of time.
- Practicing Digital Wellness is using a combination of health information, psychology, neurology, and current events to illustrate why it’s important to take time away from devices.
- It is encouraged not to legally download contents that are not relevant or has an age restriction, accessing illegal material may lead to disrespect to digital property and if found guilty can cause severe punishment by the authority.
- It is advised to avoid hateful speech and harassment which may hurt others.
- Maintain good digital communication, in today’s circumstances almost everything is online for students from attending classes to making friends, let us teach them how they can do the safe and mannered talk and explain to them about the tactics of digital citizenship.
Lastly, Securing Digital Devices includes a few things like safety from viruses, keeping our devices password-protected, spam, etc.