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Kelly Falcone

Professor & Professional Development Coordinator

Are you a good Digital Citizen?

Today in class while discussing the positive and negative effects of digital communication we started to talk about proper behavior online and how to keep us safe.  One student noted that schools try to keep kids safe by blocking certain websites. But, does it make sense that a school has a Facebook page yet blocks Facebook?  Iss blocking websites the way to go? Or rather, should teachers be teaching kids proper use of the web and not avoid the topic by blocking the sites?  Who is responsible for teaching Digital Citizenship?

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) describes 9 elements of Digital Citizenship.

  1. Digital Access
  2. Digital Commerce
  3. Digital Communication
  4. Digital Literacy
  5. Digital Etiquette
  6. Digital Law
  7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities
  8. Digital Health and Wellness
  9. Digital Security

Were you taught these elements in school or at home?

Do you feel this is an important issue for schools to address?

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