What is Digital Citizenship?

What is Digital Citizenship?
(Mike Ribble: www.digitalcitizenship.net)

“As schools and society become more inundated with digital technology, there needs to be a structure that they can teach students (and parents) how to act with respect to this technology” (Ribble & Bailey, 2007).

Digital Citizenship education provides the necessary guidance for students to help them understand how they should conduct themselves online.

Digital Citizenship can be defined as “the norms of appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to technology use,” (Mike Ribble, 2014) and consists of nine pillars grouped as follows:

 Respect Your Self/Respect Others 
Educate Your Self/Connect with Others
Protect Your Self/Protect Others
  • Etiquette
  • Access
  • Law
  • Communication
  • Digital Literacy
  • Commerce
  • Rights and Responsibility
  • Safety (Security)
  • Health and Welfare