I was asked by a student in a lesson the other week as to what “digital citizenship” meant. Up until this point I had considered this to be a simple extension of citizenship but into the technological or digital world but hadn’t given it much thought beyond this. The question made me think or at least made me look online for an outline which I could use as a starting point. I found this outline which can be viewed here.
The website raises the following factors in digital citizenship:
- Digital Access: The opportunity to access the digital world, digital resources and to get online.
- Digital Commerce: The ability to conduct commerce, to manage money and to buy and sell items online.
- Digital Communication: The ability to communicate online through email, SMS, Video Conferencing and other online medium.
- Digital Literacy: The skills required to use technology and also to learn new technologies as they arise or become required.
- Digital Etiquette: An understanding of what is right and proper behaviour when conducting yourself in the digital world.
- Digital Law: An understanding of the laws and regulations which surround the use of online services and resources.
- Digital Rights and Responsibilities: An understanding of the expectations of users online and also what they can expect from others and the online world.
- Digital Health and Wellness: An understanding of the physical and mental implications of technology use including digital addiction.
- Digital Security: The process of how to remain safe and secure when online.
To me the above seem reasonably comprehensive however I wonder if there are another couple of areas which might merit inclusion.
- Digital implications: An ability to appreciate the wider implications of new technology use seeing technology beyond its intended purpose into the unintended or secondary consequences.
- Digital ethics: The ability to evaluate the ethical and moral issues surrounding technology use. Considering not the question of “can we” but the questions of “should we”.
- Digital Openness: The ability to read the comments from others, such as tweets, and understand that the comments represent a viewpoint and that the medium itself may shape how you perceive the comments and their meaning and intention. An ability to avoid taking things personally.
- Digital resilience: The ability to manage technological failures, difficulties and negatives, and to move on, trying new things and seeking better solutions. Also linked to digital openness in the ability to move on from negative comments received online.
Have I missed anything?