Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is all about your digital ‘footprint’ that the user of the internet leaves of themselves. This can be very important as it can affect future jobs that one might seek in attaining or it may come off as bullying if the right netiquette is not used. Teenagers and people in their college years in this day and age could be at great risk just because of today’s society. It is very easy to post something that might seem funny to someone at the time, but future employers could see this as a weakness in your digital resume.

One of the most important aspects to remember when being on the internet is watch your ‘netiquette’. This basically means what what you put as a user. Bullying could be considered if the user types something that could be taken in the wrong way. Avoid using capital letters as this could be seen as shouting, although you might just want to get your point across. This could also make you look unintelligent or illiterate to other users. Be cautious also in what you ask in forums or class posts. Most questions can be answered by looking in the syllabus or directions of the assignment. Lastly, cite your sources and check your facts before posting online.

Another source on digital citizenship talks about school’s and their use of twitter. A school started a twitter page to post things that would be happening in the future of their school. Just by liking the page, students were suggested as people to follow. One of the teachers read aloud one of the student’s tweets and everyone was shocked. It was not appropriate at all, although this student agreed to have his tweets read aloud. This was a perfect example of a bad practice of digital citizenship. Schools should do more in making progress on how students convey themselves online. Some students also could see this as an invasion of privacy. This is the society we are living in now so I personally believe that students should be held accountable for their actions online.

Is your school’s “digital citizenship” practice a pass or fail?

In a post by The Learning Network, it encourages you to consider who you are online. Just be yourself but do not let this be the self that cusses constantly, bullies others, makes typos or something that could be seen in a negative light. If the real side of you is vulgar, do not convey this to everyone on social media. These are wise words. This site gives good examples on how you should convey yourself on different social media platforms.

Who Are You Online?

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