The last weeks have been very interesting taking the Digitally Mediated Teaching and Learning class. I have learned a lot about:
- Online Identity
- Perceptions of online personalities
- Digital Citizenship
Analyzing individual’s social identities, I realized the importance of creating an online professional and personal identity, and how crucial it can be to pick and choose the right social networks, since everything we publish, or someone publishes about us, will create our online identity. Besides, it is important to remember how you present yourself online since it is the way others are going to see you.
As teachers, we must be careful about our online activity. We need to be a role model for our students because parents, employers and even the students can find us online if they search our name.
In relation to Digital Citizen and Digital Citizenship, I had never heard those terms. These last two weeks opened my mind and got me thinking. Therefore, we will delve into these topics.
What are Digital Citizen and Digital Citizenship?
DIGITAL CITIZEN: “a person who develops the skills and knowledge to effectively use the Internet and other digital technology, especially in order to participate responsibly in social and civic activities” (Dictionary.com, 2018).
That is to say, digital citizens are very active people on the Internet. These people use it to interact or to collaborate with social and political transformations. A digital citizen is a person who uses the Internet actively and effectively. In order for a person to be considered a digital citizen, they must have skills and experience using the network either in computers, mobile phones or digital devices.
When does the digital citizenship start?
It could be considered the moment in which any person creates their own e-mail account for the first time, post pictures on the network, purchase through the Internet and the like.
What are the basic elements of digital citizenship?
According to Ribble (2017), there are 9 basic elements of digital citizenship:
- “Digital Access- Full electronic participation in society
- Digital Commerce- electronic buying and selling of goods
- Digital Communication- electronic exchange of information
- Digital Literacy- process or teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology
- Digital Etiquette- electronic standards of conduct or procedure
- Digital Law- electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
- Digital Rights and Responsibility- those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world
- Digital Health and Wellness- physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world
- Digital Security (self-protection)- electronic precautions to guarantee safety” (Ribble, 2016, para. 1-9).
How to work digital citizenship with children?
The REP concept will be used to explain and teach digital citizenship issues. Each area covers three topics that should be taught to students.
- Respect for oneself / respect for others
- Educate Your Self/Connect with Others
- Protecting oneself / Protecting others
- Rights and responsibilities
- Health & Wellness
Having a digital presence does not have to be something negative. The question is not to consider that presence in itself, but the control that we have over it as an expression of our freedoms.
We live in the era of information and knowledge, which entails a large number of personal data. Therefore, it is not surprising that the limits between the right to privacy and the right to data protection are diluted, since our privacy is increasingly digitized.
The digital economy cannot be ignored. It is undeniable that the world is immersed in the revolution of digitized information, so it has a clear tendency to focus on data. Some people work to obtain, legitimately, the maximum performance and knowledge of them (Big Data and analytical techniques) and, others, to preserve them and protect the sphere of privacy of people. Consequently, it is essential to find a balance between the benefits of innovative trends and risks related to privacy.
Below it is shown an educational video, which shows the need to establish borders to the use of social media.
In short, I do not think there is currently much privacy in the world. Anyone, anywhere, can access information about you if they really want to.Therefore I will make sure to stay professional on all my accounts!
In relation to privacy, copyright goes into action.
What is copyright?
Copyright is a term, represented by the symbol ©, which indicates who owns the exploitation rights. It can be the author or the transferee, in case there is an assignment of exploitation rights.
In a work, the name of the owner is indicated, the place and the year of disclosure of the work, followed by the symbol ©.
In the following video we can see why copyright is important:
My stance on digital citizenship
After analyzing the digital citizenship it is obvious that the concept brings advantages and disadvantages.
ADVANTAGES: the digital citizen is in a global community since it is not delimited by a physical space or delimited by geographical or political boundaries
Second, the virtual community is egalitarian because all its users can broadcast and receive information. The community is not hierarchical and is composed of members of all ages, genders and economic levels.
DISADVANTAGES: One of the biggest problems posed by the immersion of individuals and societies in digital citizenship is the so-called “digital divide”. It is a term that refers to the relationship that is established between people who use new technologies and those who either do not have access or do not know how to use them.
One of the elements that most caught my attention from the 9 mentioned above is:
Digital literacy: which is the development of skills to research on the Internet and shares information with others.
I believe that this concept is directly related to education. As teachers, we must investigate the best learning styles for our students, so that they can master the new concept and can share it with others. I think this element attracted me because of my background as a teacher.
CyberWise1. (2011). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=oCkTmZ0bF5Q
Dictionary.com. (2018). Digital citizen. Retrieved from http://www.dictionary.com/browse/digital-citizen
Ribble, M. (2017). Digital citizenship consulting – education, technology support. Para. 1-9. Retrieved from http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/nine-elements.html
Watanabe-Crockett, L. (2015). Etiquette for Kids in the Digital Age. Retrieved from https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/etiquette-kids-digital-age
Weir, L. (2008). Behaveyourself.com: Online Manners Matter. Edutopia. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/whats-next-2008-netiquette-guidelines