Today’s students need to develop skills so that they can behave safely and responsibly in the digital world. The school library should be part of its school’s mission to educate students to be effective digital citizens.
Over the next eight days we will explore a working definition of digital citizenship, investigate ACARA’s general capability of ethical understanding, identify how as teacher librarians we can meet the Australian Professional Standards for teachers in Standards 1, 3 and 4. In addition we will also unpack, in both the primary and secondary school settings, the issues of digital values, digital divide, plagiarism, copyright, cybersafety, social networking, sharing of work and other issues when dealing with the digital world.
You are warmly invited to join in this discussion to see how the school library works, in partnership with its school community, to prepare students to be responsible citizens in the digital world.
Below are a range of definitions and articles focusing on digital literacy. Please take some time today to explore a few of these and to share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.
Discussion points could include what you think about these definitions/understandings of digital literacy? Do you agree or disagree with them? Why? We look forward to reading the comments that you will be sharing with us.
Digital citizenship definitions
- The acceptance and upholding of the norms of appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to the use of digital technologies. This involves using digital technologies effectively and not misusing them to disadvantage others. Digital citizenship includes appropriate online etiquette, literacy in how digital technologies work and how to use them, an understanding of the ethics and related law, knowing how to stay safe online, and advice on related health and safety issues such as predators and the permanence of data.
- Digital citizenship is about staying safe and healthy while using digital technology, appropriate and inappropriate online behaviour, and being a positive contributor in an online world.
- Digital citizenship isn’t just about recognising and dealing with online hazards. It’s about building safe spaces and communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being internet savvy, using your online presence to grow and shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same.
digizen.org Digizen is a Childnet International project made with the help and support of the Department for Children, Schools and Families and Becta.
Digital citizenship – further reading options
(Take a look at one or two of these, whatever time allows!)