What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps us understand what all technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare us for a society full of technology. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.

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At its base, digital citizenship is rooted in traditional citizenship. The underlying values of citizenship serve to inform and guide digital citizenship. However, digital citizenship details a new dimension of citizenship. It presents nuances and considerations that are complex in nature.

Some of these nuances are captured within the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) National Education Technology Standards (NETS). NETS describe performance indicators for three different roles: students, teachers and administrators. learn more


Digital Citizenship: Nine Elements

(as outline in Alberta Education Digital Citizenship Policy guide)

  1. Digital Access: Full electronic participation.

  2. Digital Commerce: Online buying and selling of goods.

  3. Digital Communications: Electronic exchange of information.

  4. Digital Literacy: Process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of


  5. Digital Etiquette: Standards of conduct or procedures online.

  6. Digital Law: Responsibility for actions and deeds using electronics.

  7. Digital Security: Electronic precautions to protect learners, staff and organizations

  8. Digital Health and Wellness: Physical and psychological well-being in a digital world.

  9. Digital Rights and Responsibilities: Freedoms extended to those in a digital world.

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