Thank you for taking the time to learn about digital citizenship.
We will start with defining Citizenship so we can build upon that definition to make it easier to define Digital Citizenship. Citizenship as defined by Merriam-Webster is the qualities that a person is expected to have as an individual member of a community. When you are part of a community or group, there are rules and responsibilities you and everyone else in the group need so that everyone can feel safe. These rules are called laws and ethics protect your rights. A right is a freedom that is protected, such as the right to free speech and religion. A responsibility is a duty or something you should do, such as recycling or doing your homework.
So what is Digital Citizenship? Just like we are citizens of a physical country, the United States, we are also citizens of the digital world (phone, social media, internet, etc.). Just as we need to obey the laws of the town, state, and country we live in, and not harm anyone, we also need to obey the laws and rules of the digital world. The mean words and pictures that are posted online, can hurt people. In short, Digital Citizenship means the ability to use technology safely, responsibly, critically, and pro-actively to contribute to society.
This course is broken down into four modules:
Module #1: Digital Citizenship Introduction
Module #2: Digital equity
Module #3: Safe, healthy, legal, and ethical technology use
Module #4: Diversity, cultural understanding, and global awareness