We as teachers need to understand, teach our students about and participate in Digital Citizenship. So what is Digital Citizenship? I am going to cover the nine elements of Digital Citizenship over the next several posts.
Digital Access is “full electronic participation in society” (Ribble, 2011). Not everyone in the world has the same opportunities when it comes to technology, some have no access or limited access so we need to figure out how to provide more access or additional resources to balance the playing field. Currently, technology is a type of privilege. We need to work towards equal digital rights, providing and expanding access to technology is a major goal of digital citizenship. To become productive citizens, we need to be committed to making sure that no one is denied digital access. Digital exclusion makes it difficult to grow as a society increasingly using these tools.
Ribble, M. (2011). Digital citizenship in schools. ISTE. Retrieved December 3, 2017, from https://www.iste.org/docs/excerpts/DIGCI2-excerpt.pdf.