What is Digital Citizenship:
Digital Citizenship is about maximizing the beneficial outcomes the digital world can hold for children, while minimizing the harmful effects. It promotes safe and appropriate online behaviour and encourages critical thinking about media, information, communication, social interaction, culture and respect. The EMSBDC initiative looks at Digital Citizenship through three main tenets: Be Real, Be safe, Be smart. More…
Covers topics involving communication and the online identities we cultivate, knowingly or not. How to communicate respectfully and appropriately online; digital etiquette across various media and platforms; drawing personal boundaries online; being thoughtful about your online reputation and the impact you have on others – these points and more are all considered under ‘Be Real’. Being real is about respecting yourself and others in a digital world.
Parallel to the real world, the digital world requires caution and care. Being safe means recognizing phishing, spam and fraud; it means avoiding illegal online activity from music downloads to pornography and gambling sites; it means protecting personal information and being aware of the many forms of online victimization, and what to can be done to avoid or ameliorate these situations.
Being smart entails critically thinking about what we do and the time we spend in front of our screens. A smart student learns to draw boundaries for themselves, engaging in healthy activities and online practices while recognizing negative online and device-related behaviours and effects. They learn principles to help them form good judgement, making good decisions, overtime, to benefit their lives now and in the future, in school, at work, and at home.