Digital citizenship can be defined in two words: responsible and respectful use of technology in all areas of life. Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey identified nine areas of digital citizenship:
Student Learning and Academic Performance:
1. Digital Literacy 2. Digital Access 3. Digital Communication
Student Environment and Student Behavior
4. Digital Security 5. Digital Etiquette 6. Digital Rights and Responsibilities
Student Life Outside the School Environment
7. Digital Law 8. Digital Commerce 9. Digital Health
As you can see the nine categories are divided into three large groups based on the student’s sphere of influence. The three subcategories highlights one of the most important aspects that teachers need to understand; technology use does not begin or end at our classrooms doors. It is imperative that all teachers become familiar with digital citizenship and begin to incorporate it from the very beginning of a child’s life.