3 Behaviors to Guide Good Digital Citizenship

Post in News by Diomedes Gonzalez on 28th August 2019

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Do you own a smartphone, use social media or, simply use the internet? Then you are already part of one of the biggest communities in the world: the digital world. Between blogging, social media, online shopping, vlogging, and research, there are millions of people that interact with the digital world on a daily basis.

Here are three behaviors to help guide students to be good digital citizens.

1. The golden rule of digital citizenship

We hear it all the time: do unto others as you would want them to do to you. The same concept applies in the digital world. It’s important that when communicating online we are using positive language that encourages, uplifts, and motivates others. Comments made online are visible to millions and can lead to some negative consequences if we are not careful about what we say.

2. Safety and privacy on the Internet

The beauty of the internet is that we can find anything we want with a simple click — and the challenge with the internet is that we can share anything we want with a simple click. What does that imply? We need to be aware of the personal information we share online. That includes passwords, financial information, and any other confidential information about your personal identity. After all, we would never do that with a stranger let alone millions of them online.

3. Due diligence

Before you got married, did you walk up to your spouse and ask them to marry you on the spot? No, and if you did you’ve got some courage! But if you’re like most of us, before you got married you first got to know the person and build a foundation of trust. The same holds true for information that is found online. Before you commit to, share, or rely on any kind of information, do your due diligence to ensure that that information is accurate and trustworthy. This is another key part of being a good (and savvy!) digital citizen.

Final thoughts

The digital world has provided us with many advantages that have definitely enhanced our lives and made things easier. We can pay our bills online, we can shop online, we can work online, and we can even have conversations online. However, there’s no greater teacher than life itself. Interacting with people face to face, engaging in activities with your family, and experiencing the physical world provide an opportunity for growth unlike anything else in this world.

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