Digital Citizenship: Digital Etiquette

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 several posts, check out the posts on Digital Access, Commerce, Communication, and Literacy.

Digital Etiquette is defined as “electronic standards of conduct or procedure”(Ribble, 2011). This is probably the area that raises the most red flags. We know what is wrong when we see it from someone else but that isn’t enough. We need to learn and teach our students what appropriate online conduct is and teach them how to talk to others about digital etiquette in a positive and constructive way. It is not enough to just create etiquette rules and policies for our classroom usage, we need to help students understand why these rules and policies are in place and how they carry over into the whole digital world, even beyond the classroom. For example, teach them that typing in all capital letters is considered to be aggressive as if you are yelling your message. 

Ribble, M. (2011). Digital citizenship in schools. ISTE. Retrieved December 3, 2017, from https://www.iste.org/docs/excerpts/DIGCI2-excerpt.pdf.

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