#PED3119, which is a collaborative community of educators learning to integrate technology across the elementary curriculum, the 9 most critical pillars of Digital Citizenship are:-
- Digital rights and Responsibility
- Bill of Rights – Every user has the right to privacy, free speech. But it doesn’t mean that an user will indulge in abusing / spreading fake news. Be a responsible citizenship and speak with respect and treat everyone with dignity. Report users who are abusive / looks fake / are causing trouble to community members.
- Digital access –
- Work towards equal opportunities as there shouldn’t be any biases towards caste / gender / color. Treat everyone with respect to become a responsible citizen.
- Digital commerce
- Users have to understand that the content is put on internet after a lot of efforts. By using illegal means to download copyrighted content can lead to legal issues. Users must know about cons of using services like P2P Torrents which is mass stealing of private content.
- Websites providing Free Downloads usually contain viruses / spywares which are dangerous for the Computer and the data stored in it. They are designed to steal user’s private information and data and is sent to the hackers / crackers who steals the data and uses them for illegitimate purposes.
- Digital Health
- While technology has improved our lives by improving efficiencies in whatever activities we perform, they have also made human beings lazy which leads to health problems like neck pain, back pain, eye fatigue. So in order to use properly these technology resources, Users should be aware about Wellness. THey should spend screen ime – be aware –
- Digital Security
- Protect your identity and private information by keeping the internet strangers at bay. Don’t share private information / photographs to public which you won’t feel comfortable with. Limit the content you share as hackers / crackers can observe your behavior and use the information against you.
- Digital Etiquette
- Avoid being inappropriate and be responsible by communicating thoughtfully. Involve yourself in meaningful conversations, be respectful to community members. Try to be resourceful and help others by pointing to right resources. Also be vigilant about users who aren’t authentic, who haven’t uploaded their true photographs.
- Digital Law
- Plagiarism is immoral and illegal. Don’t indulge yourself in sharing copyrighted images / content as it can lead to legal issues for all the parties involved. Don’t try to get unauthorized access to machines of other users as it comes under Information Technology laws which are very strict.
- Digital Communication
- Be safe with your information and share content which is relevant and required. Don’t over share / spread information as it can lead to dangerous consequences as people can create fake social media profiles using your photographs, can try to recover your financial information by sharing your date of birth and other private information. You can communicate to everyone so be respectful as chances are there that the person you are talking to, could be your future boss.
- Digital Literacy
- Process of teaching and learning is important. Internet is a great tool to learn on any topic you want to. Be aware about how different platforms work and how they can be leveraged most optimally.
— Emma Roe (@MsEmmaRoe) January 27, 2017
ToNewDigital have developed an Android and iOS app which educates young minds about Digital Citizenship and how to be safe on Internet Platforms. This app will also be useful for parents and teachers in order to become aware about Digital Citizenship.