Digital Citizenship

As a technology teacher, I am asked to cover computer ethics with my college students. However, I am to exclude ways that it occurs with my other computer class, who are inmates. So, I decided to start the discussion a different way by what it takes to become a good digital citizen.

Let’s explore this topic…

”A digital citizen refers to a person who has the knowledge and skills to effectively use digital technologies to communicate with others, participate in society and create and consume digital content. Digital citizenship is about confident and positive engagement with digital technologies.” (Source:

3 Core Principles of Digital Citizenship are:

1. Engage Positively.

2. Know your online world.

3. Choose consciously.

9 Digital Citizenship Elements are:

  • Respect yourself / Respect others – etiquette, access, and law.
  • Educate yourself / Connect with others – communication, literacy, and commerce.
  • Protect yourself / Protect others – rights & responsiblility, security, health & welfare.

Key takeaways: My research discovered that Digital Citizenship is mostly taught K-12 levels, so the actual definition was not in either of my college textbooks, but I found the topic to be that consistent with that of ’Computer Ethics’.

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