Digital Citizenship

We are all living in a digital society but what is digital citizenship? Just as we are citizens of a country in which we need to obey the laws and not do anything to harm others, so we are citizens of the digital world and need to ensure that same spirit exists when using the technology available to us.

Digital citizenship also means more than behaving responsibly, it also means that we should be engaged in getting accurate information, verifying and sharing this information in a responsible manner, and contributing in a positive way.

“Digital citizenship means the ability to use technology safely, responsibly, critically, and pro-actively to contribute to society.”  (CSLA, Digital Citizenship Tutorial, 2011)

Digital Dossier, YouTube, 2008

A good digital citizen has the skills and knowledge to behave appropriately in an online environment and to keep themselves safe by using secure practices at all times.

The 4C’s to becoming a digital citizen at MESC – this information is a guide to using Content, being aware of Copyright obligations, Chatting online and Cyberbullying issues.  It should be read in conjunction with the current Student Computer Agreements of this College and the information contained within the following websites.

Cyber Safety
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation : eSmart Schools – program designed to ’empower students to be smart, safe and responsible users of technology.
Bullying No Way! – a site created by Australia’s learning communities to combat the issues around bullying, including cyber bullying.
Cybersmart – developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Cybersmart is part of the Australian Government’s cyber safety program.
CyberSmart! Student Curriculum – aims to empower students to use the internet safely, responsibly and effectively. Includes free student activity sheets.
Digital Citizenship in Schools – “Explore the concept and practice of digital citizenship” from material curated by Judy O’Connell from blogs, tweets, videos and much more.
NetSmartzKids – learn about the possible dangers that lie online for kids through fun activities.
Stay Smart Online – provides simple steps and advice on how to secure your computer and your transactions online.
Web Warriors – join other kids and take a stand against cyber bullying by becoming a Web Warrior.


Digital Footprints
123 People – real time people search tool that looks into nearly every corner of the web, from microblogging sites, to blogs, to websites, to published documents.
Findermind – a website providing people search tips and links to other sites for locating people via the web.
Google Alerts – receive email alerts based on your query or topics.
SocialMention – a social media search engine that searches user-generated content such as blogs, comments, bookmarks, events, news, videos, etc.
Spezify – produces a visual collage of search results pulled from all types of online media including webpages, videos, images, tweets, etc.)

Presentations to watch
Cyber Bullying is Real – video made by students showing that cyber bullying and cyber safety are issues that need to be discussed.
Facebook Manners and You – link to YouTube clip about FaceBook etiquette.
Internet Safety Tips for Teens – short ppt presentation for students

10 Things Your Parents Told You That Still Apply to Social Media – “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and “go clean your room” are old sayings that can be applied to the use of social media today – follow the link to find out how.
‘Youth Safety on a Living Internet: Report of the Online Safety and Technology Working Group’ which recommends we “encourage full, safe use of digital media in schools’ regular instruction and professional development in their use as a high priority for educators nationwide”.
Whose Job is it? – blog post by Victorian teacher/blogger Tania Sheko who believes that internet safety is a shared responsibility.

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