What is it?
Digital citizenship is the concept of educating students (and all technology users) about how to use technology appropriately. This involves using technology effectively and not to misuse it to the disadvantage of others.
How does it work?
Digital citizenship consists of numerous themes, including appropriate etiquette, literacy in how digital technology works and how to use it, an understanding of the law as it relates to technology, and advice on health issues relating to the use of technology.
Why is digital citizenship useful?
The concept brings together many different concepts and provides a framework for understanding an individual's rights and responsibilities when interacting with other people through digital technology.
What do you need keep in mind about your children and digital citizenship?
The concepts of digital citizenship are not so different to the values that you might hope to instil in your children regarding society in general. The path to becoming a digital citizen begins with the first time they interact with digital technology, such as the first time they send an email or text message, or sign on to an online game service. It is important to monitor the behaviour of children when they are interacting with digital technologies to make sure they are demonstrating appropriate values.
Want to know more?
Check out the NSW Department of Education and Communities' Digital Citizenship material.