Digital Citizenship: Digital Rights and Responsibilities

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, Etiquette, and Law.

Digital Rights and Responsibilities are those “freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world”(Ribble, 2011). There are a basic rights that every digital user has like privacy or free speech and there are basic responsibilities too like using technology in an appropriate way. We must teach these ideas to our students and be aware of them ourselves, because a productive digital society needs both of these areas working together.

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