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Digital Rights and Digital Citizenship

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Digital Rights and Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship helps educators and technology leaders and others to comprehend what students and technology users need to be successful and how to use it accordingly. It can be used as a teaching tool bit more so to prepare others for a society with technology in it.

Digital rights and responsibilities allow students and educators to have the right and freedom to use various types of resources and tools in an acceptable and reasonable manner.

One constraint in digital rights is regarding elementary students. The challenge for education is affording rights and responsibilities on a sliding scale such that students in Kindergarten are not afforded the same responsibilities or rights as students in Grade 12. By Grade 12, students have had at least a dozen years of opportunity to develop citizenship, and now digital citizenship skills and knowledge.

Digital Rights:

  • Right to freedom of expression

  • Right to privacy

  • Right to credit for personal works

  • Right to digital access

  • Right to our identity

Digital Responsibilities:

  • Responsibility to report bullying, harassing, sexting, or identity theft

  • Responsibility to cite works used for resources and researching

  • Responsibility to download music, videos, and other material legally

  • Responsibility to model and teach student expectations of technology use

  • Responsibility to keep data/information safe from hackers

  • Responsibility not to falsify our identity in any way

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