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What is Digital Citizenship all about?

A Digital Citizen is a person who uses the Internet regularly and effectively.

A good digital citizen is one who knows what is right and wrong, exhibits intelligent technology behavior, and makes good choices when using technology. Characteristics of a good digital citizen include:

  • Being confident and capable of using information communication technologies
  • Using technology to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
  • Developing and using critical thinking skills in cyberspace
  • Using technology to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
  • Respecting the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
  • Contributing to and actively promoting the values of digital citizenship

How can you become a good digital citizen?

  • Think long term. What seems fun today could have long-term consequences.
  • Keep personal information private.
  • Use privacy settings on your social network pages. Don't use public posting.
  • Protect your friends' privacy as well as yours.
  • Use the Golden Rule online - treat others the way you want to be treated.

What is a Digital Footprint?

Digital Footprint is the trail, traces, or "footprints" that people leave online

Digital life is both public and permanent. Everything we do online creates digital footprints that migrate and persist. Something that happens on the spur of the moment - a funny picture, an angry post - can resurface years later. And if we aren't careful, our reputations can be harmed. In addition, a bad digital footprint can affect our future livelihood. Colleges now are checking the social media postings of potential students, and employers are doing the same for applicants. A few bad clicks can ruin your reputation, hurt your changes for admission to college, and prevent you for getting the job you really want one day!

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Social media can be a positive experience. Think before you post!

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