Digital Citizenship: Digital Law

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, Literacy, and Etiquette.

Digital Law is “electronic responsibility for actions and deeds”(Ribble, 2011). Basically, it deals with the ethics of using technology. Ethical use is law-abiding, unethical use is criminal in nature. Laws apply to everyone who is online. Online crimes include but are not limited to hacking other’s info, downloading illegal media, plagiarizing, identity theft, damaging property, stealing and creating harmful viruses, worms or Trojan Horses.

Ribble, M. (2011). Digital citizenship in schools. ISTE. Retrieved December 3, 2017, from