Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship: Being a Responsible User in a Digital Society

When I discovered the concept of digital citizenship, I immediately remembered the movie Tron: Legacy. This film takes place many years after the first film and the digital world is much more advanced than the original concept. There are multiple people and each has their own responsibilities and personalities. ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ

It’s a great representation of how we as users interact with each other in our digital world. In short, digital citizenship or digital or ethical wellbeing is how technology is used by users in a responsible, ethical and safe way (e.g.Volume. students, teachers, adults, etc.).

For example, when you visit a website that allows user interaction in the form of comments. Leaving a comment to express your opinion should be done with respect, just as anyone should speak in person. Let’s face it, too many people use the internet today and they lack the basic manners that go into being a good digital citizen. Also, too many people are unable to review multiple sources of information before making an informed decision on a topic.

Digital Access

The pandemic has exposed the extent of the technological and digital divide in the United States. In 2020, many schools rushed to provide laptops and tablets for students. Who didn’t have the right technology to do the work that teachers would eventually outsource online. In addition, many families did not have access to the Internet because they simply could not afford it or there was no point in having it because they could not afford to acquire the necessary technology to use it.

As schools move more towards STEM and STEAM-based curricula, it is important that teachers are aware of this digital divide. Many families simply do not have the resources to provide their children with the resources they need to learn in a digital environment.

Therefore, schools must ensure that they provide the necessary technology to the students who need it and ensure that they have internet access at home or give them access so that they can study with their other classmates.

Digital Commerce

Before Amazon, eBay and hundreds of other shopping sites, millennials and their parents ran most of their own shopping malls. This might be shocking and scary for those born in the 2000s, but that’s how we shop seniors. Nowadays, people prefer to shop online from the comfort of their own home or while on the go. ์˜จ๋ผ์ธ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ

There’s probably nothing these days that you can’t buy online. Whether it’s ordering breakfast at a fast food restaurant in the morning. Buying a brand new car and having it delivered to their door, people literally don’t have to leave their homes to get what they want or need.

Digital Communication

You most likely have a smartphone in your pocket, backpack or reading this blog on your phone right now. Gone are the days when the phone was the technology stuck at home or in a cubicle. And for anyone who wanted to make calls on the go, the only option was to carry around a brick-shaped phone. Now people have different ways of communicating with each other.

While people can still use the phone regularly. Many young people are choosing to communicate via text messaging or even video chat. With the convenience of being able to talk to anyone at any time came the danger of always being available for conversation. Distracted driving kills hundreds of people every year. Online predators now have an easy way to target children, teens, and even vulnerable adults. Digital citizens should follow the same security rules when interacting face-to-face with strangers as when chatting online.

Digital Literacy

Sometimes discerning what is right and what is wrong online can be quite a challenge for people who are not qualified enough to discern. Therefore, digital literacy is important for anyone who spends time online.

Digital literacy is the ability to recognize which information on the internet is useful and which may not be reliable. It also means knowing where to find credible information and how to find sites that do not have a good reputation or have clear bias in the information they post.

For example, if you’re reporting George Washington. The most trusted websites are those with web addresses ending in .org or .gov. The former means that the site is managed by an organization. The second is the government website. Both types of websites are often reputable sources of information that have been researched and verified to be as accurate as possible. ๋ฐ”์นด๋ผ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ

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